WET WET WET
10th February 2014
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‘I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes’. Wet Wet Wet’s cover of ’Love is all around’ seems to accurately sum up the last month at HRP. For those who have been working on any part of the site it has been a damp and windy January with yet more storms forecast. Mud has been a hindrance to those currently building on Haverhill Research Park, and no matter how many times the road sweeper visits that mud returns with a vengeance! Still, there has been so much positive activity on the park, with both houses and the pub shooting up, and the beautiful pond now being full and the landscape around it establishing itself.

Plans for the Innovation Centre have been submitted; a landmark building for the development which we hope will set the benchmark for future building designs on the Park. The 30,000sq ft. building will provide high specification office units, ideal for start-ups. It will offer business support and growth services, cost effective and flexible managed offices, alongside conference and meeting rooms, training facilities and shared working area.  We look to have a Café in the Centre that will provide a hub for business and local residents alike. It will be overlooking the pond and spill out into a public space ideal for events, or a spot in the sun for a quick coffee. If all goes to plan, then we could see this open in the summer of 2015, and potentially this could create around 300 jobs.

The Taylor Wimpey homes are well underway, with the first houses that have been released and sold having their roof apexes in place already. At the main entrance to the recently named Three Counties Way, the foundations to the flats have been put in and the construction stands at around one metre high. Taylor Wimpey is building a ‘show home’ which is set to be open at the end of February. Standing at the end of the terrace, it will boast a huge window from ground to first floor giving us an insight into the layout and design possibilities, enticing us to buy one of these new build properties!

And now I come to what we have all been waiting for, the Pub! Well, it’s actually a Pub restaurant, one of Marston’s ‘Milestone Rotisserie’ brand. Eagerly awaited, this building has truly been a marvel to watch grow from the ground up, as blink and it seemed to double in size! The Flying Shuttle is set to be open at the end of April, and currently they are recruiting staff. Take a trip past Haverhill Research Park and check out the recruitment banners on the Pub.

The landscaping is still ongoing, with thousands of whips, shrubs and mature trees in place just waiting to unfold in spring, which in the gloom of late, seems a long way off. Let’s hope this wet and windy weather is soon over. There is so much to look forward to at Haverhill Research Park this year, as we look to find our first occupier and start work on the Innovation centre, but in the meantime, I will content myself with a new eatery choice for lunch on site!

To keep up to date with progress on the park visit our website http://www.haverhillresearchpark.com/ or call on 01440 716950 or 07584 232339

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Helen C

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Hi, I'm the new Site Representative for Haverhill Research Park,the new home for technology companies on the Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire border. Haverhill Research Park will bring the Cambridge science...

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