MEPC Announces Appointment of Joint Agents for One of Oxfordshire’s Largest Speculative Developments

13/03/2017
 

MEPC is pleased to announce the appointment of Knight Frank and VSL and Partners as letting agents for its new speculative development at Park Drive East, Milton Park.

The development was one of the first to secure planning permission since the EU referendum and will be the largest in Oxfordshire’s recent history, accommodating for the continued demand for quality office, laboratory and high-tech space across the county.

Park Drive East comprises three separate buildings (141, 142 and 143 Park Drive East), totalling 110,000 sq ft, which includes a 42,000 sq ft Grade-A office building, as well as two hi-tech laboratory facilities totalling 68,000 sq ft sq ft. The Grade A office building is expected to complete by the end of the year, while the two remaining buildings are expected to complete in Spring 2018.

Philip Campbell, Commercial Director at MEPC, said: “Launching this scheme will pave the way for existing residents to grow and will offer the opportunity for MEPC to welcome new companies to Milton Park who we know will be in good company with the existing science cluster mix here. MEPC’s close links with the world’s premier university at Oxford continues to anchor Milton Park as a destination for science and technology and a premium destination for business. We’re really pleased to have Ryan Dean (Knight Frank) and Tom Barton (VSL and Partners) on board and look forward to working closely with them both.”

Ryan Dean, Partner at Knight Frank, said: “Park Drive East is a major development for Milton Park and we are excited to be working with the MEPC team again. I am confident that these fantastic buildings, in this world-class business location are already attracting good interest. There is currently a lack of existing options of this size in the marketplace and these buildings will fit the bill perfectly. We are looking forward to filling the buildings with best-in-class occupiers and believe that as an attractive proposition, businesses looking to move to the area will not be disappointed.”

Tom Barton, Partner at VSL added: “We are delighted to be involved in this scheme and have already had a good level of interest so far and urge any companies who are looking for this kind of space to register their interest as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.”

Located in the heart of the Science Vale UK Enterprise Zone, Milton Park is one of Europe’s largest and most successful integrated business, science and technology parks under single-ownership. It is now home to over 9,000 people and 250 organisations.

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