Exeter Science Park
Exeter Science Park is the result of an ultramodern vision to develop a science park in the southwest of the UK. It is planned to energise higher productivity and drive economic growth by helping innovative STEMM companies to deliver extraordinary results.
The benefits that businesses receive at Exeter Science Park include high-quality laboratory space, open innovative areas encouraging social interaction and intensive research support and collaboration with the University of Exeter.
The Science Park developer has four shareholders, Devon County Council, The University of Exeter, East Devon District Council and Exeter City Council and its two strategic partners are the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership and the Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone.
The new Grow-Out Building designed by LHC Design and Grainge Architects will form part of the growing workspace provision allowing Innovative science, technology, engineering and medicine businesses to grow sustainably in Devon. Exeter Science Park’s Grow-Out building will enhance tenants green credentials and allow the build to be net-zero carbon, and BREEAM-excellent giving flexible office space. The building has also been designed to take account of COVID-19 implications, including wider walkways and automatic doors to reduce physical contact.
Across the whole site, trees have been planted on hard surfaces, both in paving and car parking areas. These trees are now flourishing proving the effectiveness of the GreenBlue Urban methodology – uncompacted soil is the best medium to grow trees in. The GreenBlue ArborSystem used across this development consists of StrataCell soil cells, RootRain Precinct and ArborVent irrigation/aeration inlets, ArborGuy underground anchoring systems and RootDirectors to manage the tree roots. Some of the trees are protected by GreenBlue Urban tree grilles where compaction of the primary rooting zone could have occurred.
The developers planted a row of mature trees bordering the entrance walkway to the new building, providing a sense of grandeur when visiting the Science Park. Tree-lined designs such as this scheme have multiple proven benefits such as improved health recovery rates, reduced air pollution, less absenteeism, and provide shading and temperature reduction. These eight eye-catching trees provide shade and a pleasant lunch breakout area during good weather.
In 2020 it was calculated that Exeter City Council has planted more than 10,000 trees within the area and continue to strive to increase their canopy cover percentage. With Ash dieback being a cause for concern, Exeter has committed to planting two trees for everyone they are forced to take down.