Projects > Plot 420

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  • Cambridge Science Park
  • Client: Trinity Hall
  • Size: 4,624sqm
  • Services: Architecture

Granted Planning Approval in 2017, Plot 420 Cambridge Science Park was commissioned by Trinity Hall to create a new flexible Smart Lab to attract a range of small to medium enterprises.  The 4,600sqm building is a new dynamic Laboratory, Research & Development building to the western entrance of the Park that seeks to elevate the Park’s brand with a new product for the Cambridge market. This vibrant hub provides small to medium sized enterprises with agile laboratory and R&D spaces for growing businesses.

The building's clean and simple form is honest to its function and responds to its context in scale and massing.  The elevational treatment employs contrasting elements that bear a direct relation with the internal spatial and environmental requirements. The more open south elevation provides maximum natural light and views out from the office space, contrasted by a more solid horizontal expression derived from the functional requirements of the laboratory uses. These contrasting elements provide legibility to the building and clarity of expression, and are framed by articulated cladding to create a unity and cohesion to the whole building. 

The linear footprint with central core provides flexible floorplates for different sized tenures that each benefit from maximum daylight. There is a clear internal strategy between bespoke laboratory uses and associated write-up office spaces, a central agile zone provides flexibility for operations to expand and contract their laboratory or R&D office spaces to suit individual tenant needs as their businesses evolve over time.

Plot 420 builds on Aukett Swanke’s deep knowledge of Cambridge Science Park and continues to develop on the benchmark for design set by our recently completed John Bradfield Centre.

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