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Southampton Science Park shares plans for multimillion-pound R&D facility

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15 May 2024
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Details have been revealed for Southampton Science Park’s new ‘landmark’ research and development facility, providing much-needed laboratory space in the south of England.

The Curve would measure 3,400 sq m and, subject to planning permission, is expected to be ready for occupation by as early as 2026.

Designed by architects at Scott Brownrigg, the facility is planned to use sustainable building materials with minimal environmental impact.

It would also feature high-performance glazing, advanced insulation, rooftop solar panels and ultra-efficient heating, ventilation, air conditioning and water systems – all contributing to a low carbon footprint.

Robin Chave, CEO of Southampton Science Park, said: “It’s a great pleasure to reveal our plans for The Curve, which will set a new standard in the provision of research and development environments here on the South Coast.

“This development is the first phase in delivering the park’s 25-year masterplan.

“The plan aims to ensure that our region of innovators and entrepreneurs have the means to build thriving commercial enterprises that will retain our position as one of the UK’s STEM powerhouses.

“We anticipate that The Curve will generate significant and widespread economic benefits and send a firm positive statement of business investment confidence in the area.”

According to a recent study from British Land and Savills, the UK is facing a severe shortage of real estate space available to accommodate both current and predicted demand.

The report also suggests that if the UK life sciences market matched growth seen in the US, it would generate 67,000 more jobs and lead to a £4 billion economic boost by 2035. 


Born and raised in Berkshire, Dan fell into journalism after completing his bachelor’s degree in English at UCL.

Writing for The Business Magazine and local Biz News sites has given him the opportunity to chat with all manner of small business owners and share their success stories with a wider audience.

Outside of work, Dan enjoys live music, board games and quiz shows, and is making a slow but persistent effort to learn Spanish.

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