Hartwell PLC, a renowned automotive and property development company, has officially submitted a planning application to the Vale of White Horse District Council. The ambitious £35 million proposal aims to establish new carbon-efficient laboratory and workspace buildings specifically for small and medium-sized science and technology enterprises at Wootton Science Park, situated to the south-west of Oxford.

Designed by Scott Brownrigg, the masterplan will cover approximately 106,233 sq ft (9,869 sq m) across five cutting-edge commercial buildings. These buildings will offer state-of-the-art amenities and facilities, catering to the needs of future employees and the local community. Key features of the development include high-quality landscaped areas, secure bike storage, a bistro, and a gym, all intended to create a productive and enjoyable working environment.

We designed¬†thoughtfully planned green spaces that integrate seamlessly with the surrounding natural environment and focus on enhancing local biodiversity and habitat through ecological enhancements. Given the site’s proximity to the fen, protecting existing water resources and effective drainage management are critical. The design incorporates a blue network through rain gardens and sustainable urban drainage features to efficiently capture and utilize rainfall, minimizing runoff and promoting climate resilience.

Furthermore, the development aims to improve accessibility to parkland amenities and provide outdoor working facilities. This comprehensive approach is designed to foster a vibrant and inclusive environment, enhancing wellbeing and connectivity within the community. The project represents a significant investment in the local area, aiming to boost the regional economy while prioritizing sustainability and environmental stewardship.