St John’s College, alongside development partner Turnstone Cambridge Developments and contractor VINCI Construction UK, recently broke ground on a brand new office and R&D building located within Cambridge’s St John’s Innovation Park, marking the official commencement of works with a small on-site ceremony.

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The new five-storey Maurice Wilkes building, due for completion in 2018, will be the first of its kind in over a decade to be delivered on a speculative basis within the city’s northern research & development cluster.

Once completed, the building will provide 64,445sq ft of Grade A space with suites from 6,454sq ft. A part-double height reception and roof terrace will also be incorporated, giving the building an impressive aesthetic. The top two floors are already spoken for even this early on in the development, with award-winning cyber-security specialists Darktrace signing on to take the space.

Suzie Wood at St John’s College said of the development project, “The Maurice Wilkes Building will set new standards in the Cambridge office market and we are delighted to be on site with our contractor VINCI Construction UK. There are three floors comprising 44,632sq ft available and the building will be completed by summer 2018.”

Chris Goldsmith of Turnstone further commented, “Although we still have more than 12 months to go to completion the level of occupational interest is most encouraging.”

In an effort to improve connections to the cluster, a new railway station is scheduled to be built this year, alongside an extension to the existing guided busway.

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