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In February 2015, former Prime Minister, David Cameron announced plans to construct one of the UK’s largest innovation centres set within the heart of Cambridge Science Park. With a £4.8m donation from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and co-funding from Trinity College, the John Bradfield Centre falls in-line with the Government’s continued commitment to protect and support the world-class research undertaken in East Anglia.
SDC commenced construction of the prestigious £20m facility in February 2016. Named in honour of Sir John Bradfield, a Senior Bursar at Trinity College who was instrumental in the creation of the Cambridge Science Park, Bradfield saw that establishing links between the University and the technology sector was fundamental to the Science Park’s success, which is now home to more than 5000 entrepreneurs and innovators across 90 companies.
The state-of-the-art three storey building, designed by London based architects Aukett Swanke, covers 3000m2 and is curved to match the geometry of an adjacent lake. Internally, 70 glazed office pods are available to rent, high spec labs and an auditorium, which will be used to host influential speakers and product launches. In addition, the ground floor offers a restaurant, communal networking areas and retail units.
SDC’s construction team spent considerable time planning, coordinating and maintaining vehicle logistics and material storage, making it one of SDC’s tidiest site’s to-date. The highly anticipated centre is set to open in Spring 2017.