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Plans for £20million innovation campus go before planners


A new 80,000sq ft innovation campus could be opened in the Liverpool City Region, subject to planning permission.

The £20m development at Sci-Tech Daresbury is based around 2 new 3-storey buildings, situated on vacant land at the north end of the Halton site.

Known as V4 and V5, they are part of its Violet scheme. Phase 1 of this comprised of a £17.8m investment, with buildings V1, V2 and V3 now 85% occupied.

“Our campus is designed to be a ‘home for life’ and we need to provide larger laboratory and office facilities to ensure there is grow-on space for the businesses already within our community,” said John Downes, Chief Executive Officer of Langtree and Chairman of Sci-Tech Daresbury.  

“We also want to attract further investment from outside of Liverpool City Region. Larger floorplates are especially attractive in the market and the next phase of Violet will complement the existing office, laboratory, and science facilities that we already have on the campus. The continuing expansion of Sci-Tech Daresbury is key to ensuring that companies can start and scale in the North without the need to relocate elsewhere, which would create significant disruption for them and bring the risk of losing key staff. We also believe that investment in innovation capability goes straight to the heart of future-proofing the regional economy – it’s part of creating a highly skilled workforce, that generates high value intellectual property.”

This second phase of Violet is expected to help create or support 300 jobs and add significant social value in the area through skills opportunities and local spending during the construction phase.  

Subject to securing consent, building works could start in early 2024, with completion in 2025.

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