Contractor appointed for £13 million landmark Oxford scheme


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Contractor appointed for £13 million landmark Oxford scheme


The Oxford Science Park has awarded a £13 million design and build contract for Plot 12, a new state of the art office building, capable of housing laboratories, and with roof terrace, comprising 61,500 sq ft (5,713 sq m), to Barnwood Construction Ltd.

Gloucestershire-based Barnwood Construction has delivered commercial office and laboratory projects for many clients across southern and central England including: MEPC, Renishaw plc, and the University of Surrey. It employs approximately 100 staff and trade operatives.

Piers Scrimshaw-Wright, managing director, The Oxford Science Park said: “Barnwood’s appointment is a result of their clear track record in delivering major buildings, often complex, to the high quality that is expected by the Park’s development team. We look forward to working with Barnwood to deliver the much-needed Grade A office and laboratory space to those local businesses looking to expand and those global companies looking for a landmark prestigious UK building in a thriving community.”

Simon Carey, managing director, Barnwood Construction said: “We are delighted to have been appointed to construct this prestigious and exceptional building on The Oxford Science Park. We will deliver a Category A office building to the landlord’s specification and have the capability to deal with future occupiers’ Category B fit out works delivering bespoke internal configurations.

“The majority of our contracts are undertaken on a design and build basis. We pride ourselves on having a complete understanding of our clients’ needs in terms of timing and quality.”

Barnwood Construction was appointed following a competitive tender process. Construction will start on 20 February 2017 with completion due in March 2018. Once completed, Plot 12 will be the only new Grade A office space available to rent in Oxford.

Advisers include: Bogle Architects, Carter Jonas, and Horstonbridge Development Management.

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  1. New and updated: CGI of Plot 12, a £13 million new state of the art office building to be built by Barnwood Construction at The Oxford Science Park

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Notes to editors

About The Oxford Science Park

The Oxford Science Park is owned and managed by Magdalen College, Oxford. Created in 1991, the Park upholds the College’s heritage and provides one of the most influential science & technology environments in the UK.

Over 450,000 sq ft of net lettable space and the Park is now home to more than 2,500 people and over 70 businesses, ranging from start-ups based in the Magdalen Centre innovation hub to major international companies.

Companies include: Amey, Becton Dickinson, Circassia, IBM, OrganOx, OxSonics, Oxford Nanopore, Sharp Laboratories, TripAdvisor, and Oxford Technology Management. 

Following the successful acquisition of M&G Real Estate’s 50% share in December 2015, Magdalen College now has 100% ownership and control of The Oxford Science Park.  In addition to being a key property investment, the Park is at the heart of the College’s strategy to support discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Magdalen College will continue to develop The Oxford Science Park as a long-term strategic asset, with ambitious plans to create an additional 300,000+ sq ft of office and laboratory space on the remaining 13+ acres of land over the next 10 years.  This additional capacity will support the growth of businesses already based on the Park, providing flexibility with their space requirements, and enabling new companies to enjoy the Park’s beautiful character and atmosphere.

The Oxford Science Park is located approximately four miles south-east of Oxford city centre, just off the City’s southern ring road. It has easy access to the M40 and A34, as well as to Heathrow Airport and mainline train services.

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Barnwood Construction Ltd specialises in a variety of building projects in the commercial, industrial, educational and retail sectors all completed on both design and build and traditional contracting basis ranging from £0.5 million up to £15 million.

Based in Gloucester the company operates in the southern and central regions of England with the primary objective to complete contracts on time and within budget, while operating in a safe a professional manner.

Barnwood Construction commenced trading as a building contractor and joinery manufacturer in 1962 and over the years has enlarged and upgraded the head office of the company today, with the company employing approximately 100 office and site personnel.

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