Team SVBS attend Zeus groundbreaking ceremony at Harwell Campus

Team SVBS and cabinet member for development and regeneration, Councillor Bethia Thomas, attended a groundbreaking ceremony on 7 February to mark the start of construction of the new Zeus building at Harwell Campus.

The Zeus building is a development for science, technology and engineering organisations. The building will provide R&D, office and laboratory space for organisations looking for 3,000 to 60,000 square feet.

Zeus will be completed in September 2020, with Barnwood Construction appointed as the main contractor.

How was the building planned?

Having won the project through an Architect competition, Allies and Morrison has worked closely with the Harwell Campus Management Team to create the building. The design is divided into two structures, designed to retain the cluster of trees on the plot and connected at roof level.

The building is constructed of weathered steel panels and timber, which were selected as they will season with time and weather.

Image from the Zeus brochure

Concluding at the ceremony, Angus Horner, Partner and Director of Harwell Campus commented,

“This Campus has been leading innovation for 75 years, it was the location for the world’s first transistorised computer and was where Mary Lyon discovered X-inactivation. The organisations who will occupy Zeus could well be making the scientific discoveries and technology breakthroughs that will shape our future and that is an incredibly exciting prospect.”

Future developments at Harwell Campus

Year on year growth is set to continue at Harwell, with four further schemes in detailed design to be announced shortly. 

With a total of 5.5 million square feet of planned development and with 1.5 million square feet of that to be developed by 2025, the Campus is one of the largest rejuvenation and commercial property growth projects in the UK.