12. Exeter Science Park
The Exeter Science Park is part of the Growth Point development and is located near to Exeter International Airport and adjacent to the M5 and A30. Work was completed in early 2013 on the £1.1million access road. The first two buildings (Eagle House and Exeter Science Park Centre) were completed in 2015. The latest companies to take premises in the Exeter Science Park Centre include Concept First, Dashboard, Rezcomm, Routeshoot, Securious and Seedata. More announcements are expected shortly.
The site comprises some 70 acres gross (40 acres net) of development land. This will provide some 725,000sq ft of Science Park buildings. Nearby the Hampton by Hilton Hotel has a conferencing centre with on-site support facilities.
This is a high-profile site, in terms of communications, proximity to the city and the availability of support from the University, the nearby Met Office and other local organisations. Its importance has grown due to siting of a landmark building here to house the third phase of the Met Office’s new Cray High Performance Computer, developed by Willmott Dixon. The total project cost of the new computer is £97million which will increase the processing power of the ‘supercomputer’ to more than 23,000 trillion calculations per second. Adjacent to the main computer hall will be a Collaboration Centre. This Centre will allow other businesses to develop commercial applications for weather data.
The Exeter Science Park aims to draw on the best practice available from the other 60 UK science parks and from further afield. It will offer an excellent environment (not just a location) for technology-based businesses and is very flexible in its leasing arrangements. Plots are also be available for purchase by owner/occupiers.
For the latest news and information about the Exeter Science Park please view the Exeter Science Park website.