Scott Brownrigg achieves planning permission for University of Reading Science and Innovation Park


On 31 March, Wokingham Borough Council granted planning consent to the University of Reading to develop the first 200,000 sq ft phase of a new Science and Innovation Park adjacent to the M4 at Shinfield in Reading.

Scott Brownrigg is appointed as masterplanner and architect for the 800,000 sq ft park which will provide an ‘incubation’ environment and bring together innovative knowledge and technology-based companies from both the local and international business communities.  It will create an environment that encourages the exchange of ideas and knowledge among the businesses based on the park and across the wider Thames Valley region, as well as linking with research and enterprise activities at the University.

It will be the first of a new generation of Science and Innovation Parks providing sustainable workspace close to the academic hub at the University of Reading.  The park will be supported by new housing that is proposed for a strategic development location close to the site. 

The masterplan design focuses on a pedestrianised spine to promote interaction and communication and provides a highly flexible layout with a range of spaces in buildings arrayed along the contours of the site.  The spaces created enable a broad appeal to potential occupiers with discrete locations for start-up ventures and highly visible options for blue-chip research organisations.

David Savage, Financial Director at the University of Reading, commented, “We are delighted that the council has resolved to grant planning permission for this exciting development.  As well as providing suitable working environments for new innovative businesses, Scott Brownrigg’s design for the park aims to encourage close interaction between businesses, the university and other similar centres of research and knowledge across the UK.”

Development of this first phase of the park is due to start on site in 2011.  The final phase of development is due to finish by 2035.