Plymouth Science Park, known up until 2014 as Tamar Science Park, has been a home to businesses since 1996, yet continues to develop further even today. Their latest development, the state-of-the-art office building at One Research Way, seems to have proven that the science park is still at the centre of innovation, not just in the companies it attracts, but also in itself, as the new block has recently been nominated for numerous architecture awards.

According to the official website, “One Research Way is spread over three floors and offers 11 business units ranging in size from 870 ft sq (8-12 people) to 2680 ft sq (25-30 people).” They state that this flexibility is a major reason as to why the building has proven to be such a successful investment for the companies based within; and a lot of people seem to agree.

The Phase 5 building has been nominated for the RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) Awards, two categories in the Michelmores Awards (Commercial Project of the Year, and Building of the Year), and has also been shortlisted for the Building Plymouth honour as part of The Herald Business Awards. That’s quite the endorsement, to say the least.

Opening in 2017, the block features an aesthetically-pleasing design, taking full advantage of natural light via the use of breakout pods, which the management team assert helps foster a creative environment. Offering versatile and adaptive spaces and a range of on-site amenities including a bistro café, shower facilities and more, it certainly is an inviting place in which to work, and one which is sure to be perceived well by visitors to any business based within the park.

Christian Jenkins, director of operations at Plymouth Science Park, expressed his pride in receiving the nominations, whilst also taking the time to discuss the building’s beneficial attributes beyond the architectural feats for which it is being honoured:

“Plymouth Science Park is delighted to be shortlisted in two categories for these prestigious (Mitchelmores) awards.

“We were absolutely clear from the outset on what the look and feel of One Research Way should be and we are more than satisfied with the results.

“As well as its visually striking looks and architectural features, its internal functionality and flexible working space was very attractive to businesses with the result that the building was 60 per cent occupied within a week of opening.

“The units can accommodate 10-60 staff making it suitable to a wide range of businesses.
“Supported by the best ICT infrastructure in the region and a full range of on-site services, One Research Way has become the go-to place for aspiring tech and science businesses.”

The building, designed by Royal William Yard-based architects HLM and built by BAM Construction, is already attracting prestigious science and technology firms so early in its life, with technology company Lotec claiming the entirety of the top floor, whilst educational website The Key has claimed around 60% of another.

The RICS Award winners will be revealed on May 11th, the Mitchelmores Awards will be presented on June 15th, and the winner of the Herald Awards will be announced on April 20th.

Additional information on the newly-opened block at One Research Way, and the park in which it is located, is provided by Plymouth Science Park in the video below:

Sam Bonson

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