Exeter Science Park marked the official opening of its £5million George Parker Bidder building.
Built to zero carbon standards and supporting more than 100 jobs, the 14,000 square foot facility provides office and lab space for mature companies in science, technology, engineering, math and science. medicine (STEMM).
Tenants in the new building include Remit Zero, Securious, Edson Tiger, Rx-info, Quanterra Systems, Concept First and Dashboard.
Dr Sally Basker, Chief Executive of Exeter Science Park, said: “Exeter Science Park’s mission is to help innovative STEMM companies drive extraordinary growth and provide space for every stage of the life cycle of business, which is happening here as we’ve seen many tenants grow and move across the street from the Science Park Center.”
Former Forestry Commission chairman Sir Harry Studholme and Lady Lucy Studholme, former Sheriff of Devon, joined Dr Sally Basker in planting a Japanese green vase to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the official opening of the space.
Karl Tucker, Chairman of the Heart of the South West LEP, added: “The opening of the George Parker Bidder building is an important step in Exeter’s post-pandemic recovery, and it is fantastic to see a number of businesses STEMM already thriving in the new space.
“We are delighted to have funded the project with £5million from the Government Building Fund, as part of our aim to create new jobs and boost the local economy.”
The George Parker Bidder building was designed by LHC Design, in conjunction with NPS South West Property Consultants, and purchased using the Southern Construction Framework. Construction was completed by Morgan Sindall Construction.