Green light for ‘Nebula’ tech box scheme at Milton Park

Plans have been approved for a new state-of-the-art tech box scheme at Milton Park, a leading business, science and technology community in Oxfordshire.

The scheme, to be named Nebula, has been specifically designed with space, technology, life science and engineering companies in mind, promoting the growth of start-ups and cross-industry collaboration within the science and technology community.

The development will comprise a total gross internal area of just under 80,000 sq ft, featuring seven new research and development workspaces ranging from 6,000 sq ft up to a single building of 30,000 sq ft.  Situated on Park Drive, Nebula will feature sustainably sourced materials throughout, including laminated timberbeams in place of steel, reducing embodied carbon significantly.

As well as landscaping the outside area to attract local wildlife and promote biodiversity, the Milton Park team is aiming for BREEAM ‘Excellent’, the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for infrastructure and buildings, as well as an A- Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), the highest possible band for building energy efficiency.

 CGI images of the new Nebula building.

The scheme’s plans were submitted for approval to the Vale of White Horse District Council via the Park’s existing 2012 Local Development Order (LDO), simplifying the planning process and allowing construction to begin as swiftly as possible.

Chris Kimber-Nickelson, Development Director at MEPC Milton Park, said: “At Milton Park we’re always exploring innovative ways to develop adaptable and state-of-the-art premises for our occupiers, creating spaces that accommodate a range of requirements.  With construction of the Nebula scheme to begin shortly, we’re excited to welcome a growing number of innovative science and technology companies in need of flexible medium to large-scale research and development space to the Park.”

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