Harlow Science Park is a new destination for business focusing on all areas of science, technology, research and innovation. Harlow Science Park offers 27 acres of Grade ‘A’ development opportunities in a town which includes occupiers such as Public Health England, Pearson, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Arrow Electronics and Raytheon.

The project started to become a reality when, in 2015, Harlow Council acquired 10 hectares of the London Road North site in Harlow and gained planning consent to create a collaborative, progressive sci-tech community as part of the Harlow Enterprise Zone, between London and Cambridge. The first phase of construction is scheduled to be completed by Q1 2020.

Vinci Developments, one of the UK’s largest construction companies, is working in partnership with Wrenbridge, one of the leading commercial developers in London, the East of England and the Home Counties to take this forward. Harlow Council will also work alongside Anglia Ruskin University to create a public health science campus, bringing together research, innovation and manufacturing.

This forward-thinking development will be located within the established UK Innovation Corridor, an area which already has a global reputation for excellence in scientific research and one in which Harlow continues to increase in prominence.

In June 2019, it was announced that the second phase of development for Harlow Science Park had been approved by Harlow Council. This will consist of a range of mid-tech units combining office, research and manufacturing and assembly space to be known as ‘Modus’, with funding of £7.2m approved for the development.

Developing Harlow Science Park

The site will be developed to a campus style, in an attractive setting, providing space for large companies as well as smaller incubation and ‘move on’ units. There will also be a requirement for some secondary retail and restaurant/café provision.

Public funding has been secured to put in place the necessary site infrastructure to make it ‘development ready’ – new roads, power and water supplies, as well as communications technology. Work to provide new road access to each of the developments was completed in June 2018.

It is expected that much of the development will be of a ‘design and build’ nature, given the very precise requirements of much of the target sectors. Two separate contracts were let by Harlow Council for enabling works that saw the construction of the first buildings at Harlow Science Park begin in October 2018, with the initial phase of construction focusing on a business innovation centre for Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) and part-funded by Essex County Council.

Also beginning construction in October 2018 was Harlow Science Park’s ‘Nexus’ building, a 30,000-square foot office building designed to provide ‘move on’ space for small and medium sized businesses.

Harlow Science Park

Anglia Ruskin University’s Arise Innovation Centre

Harlow Science Park will incorporate Anglia Ruskin University’s second Innovation Centre, the 15,000-square foot Arise Innovation Centre. Arise will open in March 2020 offering everything a new business needs: light-filled office space, break out spaces, meeting rooms and access to a network of like-minded, highly-innovative entrepreneurs.The serviced office accommodation includes small units suitable for 1-20 people in early stage and growth companies, along with hot desking facilities, creating an affordable base for R&D that could rapidly grow into something bigger.

Through Arise ARU will offer support to innovative businesses helping turn them into something great. The mix of academic expertise, student talent and business and innovation support means they’re perfectly placed to do so.

Harlow is the perfect location for our new Innovation Centre due to its connectivity, large workforce and the commitment of many companies to entrepreneurship and innovation. It offers the right mix of people, physical spaces, business and academic expertise, financing advice… and plenty of can-do attitude.

Aideen McCambridge
Innovation Centres Manager
Anglia Ruskin University

Further details on the Innovation Centre development can be found here (www.ariseinnovation.co.uk) and Harlow Science Park development can be found here.

Harlow's reputation for science and innovation

Harlow is known historically as the birthplace of fibre optics and has had a long-standing reputation as a hub of science and innovation.  It is the perfect place for projects such as Harlow Science Park due to its connectivity, large workforce and the commitment of many companies to entrepreneurship and innovation.

The new world-class Public Health England (PHE) labs will further contribute to Harlow Science Park’s science, technology, research and innovation focus, as well as increasing the attractiveness of the town for businesses in the science and health sector.

In a £450m move, PHE will continue their vital work in tackling some of the biggest issues in public health. The new facilities, based on the site currently owned by GSK, will create a centre for research, health improvement and protection working on international health threats, such as Ebola.

Another important feature of Harlow Enterprise Zone is the science and enterprise site KAO Park, a state of the art development which has attracted multinational companies such as Pearson, defence innovation specialist, Raytheon UK, and electronics supplier, Arrow Electronics.

Situated in KAO Park is KAO Data, a facility which is currently the largest data centre of its kind outside of the United States of America. For life sciences companies, KAO Data Campus provides the perfect solution to the challenge presented by exponential growth in healthcare data.

KAO Data will be the only campus within 30 miles of London to combine:

  • 150,000 sq ft technical space
  • 200,000 sq ft of grade A office space

Click here for more information about the ongoing development of the life sciences cluster in Harlow.

About Harlow Enterprise Zone

Harlow Enterprise Zone is a new science and IT park in an attractive campus style environment with excellent transport connections providing a new development for advanced manufacturing and life sciences/medical technology businesses. The on-site linkages with Anglia Ruskin University provide a dynamic collaborative environment between business and higher education with increased opportunities for innovation and enterprise. The Enterprise Zone contributes to economic growth and the UK’s export potential.

Harlow’s growing reputation as a science-led town originated with the development of the Harlow Enterprise Zone. This reputation originated in the 1960s with the development of fibre optic technology at Standard Telecommunication Laboratories (STL) by Nobel Prize winner Charles Kao, and continues to go from strength to strength over 50 years later.

For more information about Harlow Science Park, click here.

To find out more about the Harlow Enterprise Zone see here.