Spikes are buried this month at Hartpury’s Agricultural Campus and Commercial Farm to create a new kind of workspace with tailor-made business support packages dedicated to the growth of Gloucestershire agro-tech businesses.
The construction of a “Digital Innovation Farm Tech Box Park” will allow Hartpury to further develop its 360 hectare campus and expand its range of agricultural facilities to meet global demand for new agricultural technologies.
The £ 2million facility will provide dedicated workspace and support packages, access to Hartpury Farm and an extensive agricultural network for field trials, as well as feasibility testing across the county where businesses will be able to explore, test, research and develop new products or improve existing products.
Russell Marchant – Vice-Chancellor and Director of Hartpury University and Hartpury College, joined David Owen – Managing Director of GFirst LEP, Mark Price – MD of Vitruvian management services and Ben Treleaven, CEO of ISO Spaces, at a special “groundbreaking” ceremony to mark the start of construction on campus.
Russell Marchant, vice-chancellor of Hartpury University and principal of Hartpury College, said:
“This revolutionary new facility will combine our agricultural campus, commercial farm, and strong industrial relationships with agro-tech companies to meet the inevitable challenges of a digitally driven future.”
Funding for the Tech Box Park was provided by the GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership Getting Building Fund, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Elizabeth Creak Charitable Trust.
David Owen, Managing Director of GFirst LEP, the Gloucestershire local business partnership, said:
“GFirst LEP is delighted to support this cutting edge and exciting project at Hartpury University and Hartpury College. The project received £ 1.25million from the Getting Building Fund to create a new innovation and demonstration workspace for high growth SMEs in Gloucestershire. “
Designed and manufactured by ISO Spaces, an award-winning designer and manufacturer of modular building and container conversions, the 10x40ft High-Cube Tech Box units will be created using eco-friendly and recycled wood-lined shipping containers. of cedar.
The new Tech Box Park is slated to open later this year, with Hartpury appointing the project manager, Vitruvius Management Services, who has supported them through every stage of development, from concept to successful funding and stage. planning – and manage the project from construction to delivery.
Mark Price, Managing Director of Vitruvian management services, added:
“I am delighted that this pioneering facility is finally leading the way and will provide an innovative space for Gloucestershire SMEs to explore, test, research and develop new products. “
Click on here to learn more about the Tech Box Park.