The ‘bestofhaverhill’ welcomed Nic Rumsey, owner of Days Inn Haverhill and Director of Carisbrooke Investments, as their guest speaker this month.
Nic provided an update on the Haverhill Research Park. The vision for the project is to create a cluster of knowledge based businesses where support and advice are supplied to assist growth and to create links with a centre of excellence, such as a university.
In January this year detailed planning approval was received for the whole environment and outline planning for 450,000 square feet of Research and Development, office and light industrial units, housing, a hotel, crèche and a pub.
The marketing campaign for the Haverhill Research Park is underway with the development of a new logo and the launch of a revised website.The website has an animation of how the development might look on completion; this can be viewed by visiting www.haverhillresearchpark.com.
In order to create awareness and build relationships within the knowledge based sector Haverhill Research Park is now a member of a number of associations and organisations including the UK Science Park Association (UKSPA); Cambridge Network; Cambridge Wireless; Cambridge Cleantech, and One Nucleus.
Dialogue has already started with higher education institutions and University College Suffolk (UCS) has stated that they believe the Haverhill Research Park will strengthen links between Suffolk and Cambridge. Other high profile organisations recognising the potential of the project include Anglia Ruskin University, Babraham Institute, University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing, West Suffolk College, Menta and private sector enterprises – Genzyme, Vion and Accord Healthcare.
A skills survey has been commissioned to identify Haverhill’s strengths and establish the town’s Research and Development credentials.The survey is being carried out in conjunction with Creative Places, Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and West Suffolk College.
Local architects Frank Shaw Associates Ltd have been instructed to work onthe designs for the Innovation Centre, which will be the focal point of the Park.The pre-construction programme is underway - scrap vegetation and trees have been removed and archaeological trenching carried out.
The trenching revealed signs of what could be a Roman or Iron Age settlement.Suffolk County Council is requesting that almost half of the 29.5 acre site is subject to further excavations.Not only will additional excavation work delay the project it has significant cost implications - a further £250,000, which has not been budgeted for.
Nic explains, “The latest developments with the Haverhill Research Park are obviously another hurdle that we will have to surmount.Suffolk County Council and St Edmundsbury County Council have both been very positive and supportive of the project so far and I am hoping that this latest issue can be resolved with the minimum of disruption to our timeline and budget!
I am confident that the Haverhill Research Park will become a reality. Our aspirations for this development are that it will be ‘best in class’ and comparable to anything on offer in Cambridge.We will be able to offer people a highly attractive environment to live and work.Companies locating to the Park will benefit from the environment, the skills of the local people and the excellent value for money that the Haverhill Research Park will represent.
It will create an impressive gateway into Haverhill from Cambridge and I feel it will raise the aspirations of the town.”
Elaine Carr, owner of thebestofhaverhill commented, “The challenges that Nic and his team have faced over the past few years have been huge. The downturn in the economy has had far reaching implications for the project but Nic’s commitment to delivering the Haverhill Research Park has not faltered.I hope the people of Haverhill will give the project their full backing as it enters the final, critical phases.If anyone is in any doubt about how good this will be for Haverhill take a look at the animation of the scheme at www.haverhillresearchpark.com!”
Photograph courtesy of David Doughty @ The Gallery.
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