Base will be a new specialist hub in Manchester Science Park from Bruntwood SciTech that will offer workspace specifically designed for companies working in high growth sectors of Industry 4.0, low carbon, computer and energy technology, gaming and animation, building on the region’s internationally-recognised tech and manufacturing cluster.
The five-storey building is currently undergoing a £21m, 91,000 sq ft redevelopment that will include office space and lab capability plus a dedicated workshop space for prototyping new or modifying existing products as well as a welcome lounge, break-out spaces, meeting rooms, and a roof terrace with accompanying event space.
Base will be home to the new Manchester Innovation Activities Hub (MIAH). The MIAH will be delivered by The Blair Project and will provide a highly novel community innovation activities hub and vocational training centre dedicated to the rapid upskilling, reskilling and retraining of more than 5,000 residents over the next 5 years.
Tom Renn, Managing Director, Bruntwood SciTech said: “Base will provide vital new infrastructure for some of the UK’s most innovative businesses at the cutting-edge of industry. It marks another stage of growth and the continued evolution of Manchester Science Park as a magnet to attract world-class science and tech businesses to the city’s specialist ecosystem.
Base will be the first new development at Manchester Science Park to incorporate measures towards the achievement of Net Zero Carbon; including an A-rated EPC together with 750 m2 of PV solar power providing 20% of the building’s energy demand and reducing its carbon footprint by 22%, and a hybrid heating and cooling system utilising water as a heat transfer. Demand Side Response will also be integrated into the Building Management System to allow power to be drawn directly from the solar PV or battery storage. Battery capability is also being installed for future use, similar to that in place at the neighbouring Bright Building.
The surrounding area will also be redeveloped providing additional green space and areas to socialise or have external informal meetings on the campus, and to improve the West / East link through the campus for local residents and customers to Oxford Road. This investment will include 50 new trees and ecological enhancements such as fruit trees, wild grasses, bird nest boxes, and below ground bumblebee hives.