Our Inspiration

It always seems impossible until it is done...

To be inspired is great, to inspire is incredible... Without inspiration and drive, many of the world's innovations may not have become reality. Inspiration can come from the most unlikely and unexpected sources; somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.

We want you to find inspiration and be inspired by everything you see around the Science Park. The building itself certainly does this with bright open, airy spaces designed to facilitate chance encounters and creative collisions.

The Site

Although we can’t take credit for it, the very ground we have built on holds an inspirational story. As long ago as 400-600AD, this was the site of the most extensive and sophisticated post-Roman foundry.

The smallest room

We've given an extra pause for thought in the loos; with quotes from some of the world's most eminent scientists and thinkers, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Martin H Fischer. Take a moment to reflect.

The street names

And, then there are the Park’s street names. These are part of the everydayness of the Park, but are also vital in guiding its many occupants and visitors. So, what better names to choose than those of some of history’s most pioneering and revered scientists who have guided thousands like them down the centuries?

Sustainability

Limiting our impact

“Development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”

The first two buildings have achieved CEEQUAL Very Good rating, in addition to the internationally recognised BREEAM Excellent standard. 200 square metres of solar panels aim to provide between 10-15% of the buildings energy requirements including a solar water heating system. Pioneering dimmer-switch street lighting can be dialled up or down according to the time of year.

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A biomass boiler supports energy requirements, using locally sourced wood chip. As well as our energy efficient buildings and systems, the wider site supports sustainable travel with footpaths, cycle paths, electric car charging points and sheltered bus stops as well as electric and Brompton bikes available for tenant use.

2,200 metres of hedgerows and trees have been retained across the Park; if you’re working late, bring your night vision goggles and you could be lucky enough to see the visiting deer grazing on Blackwell Common or resident bats and badgers moving around the site using bat poles and badger tunnels that were set up to maintain their established routes.

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“Development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”

The first two buildings have achieved CEEQUAL Very Good rating, in addition to the internationally recognised BREEAM Excellent standard. 200 square metres of solar panels aim to provide between 10-15% of the buildings energy requirements including a solar water heating system. Pioneering dimmer-switch street lighting can be dialled up or down according to the time of year.

A biomass boiler supports energy requirements, using locally sourced wood chip. As well as our energy efficient buildings and systems, the wider site supports sustainable travel with footpaths, cycle paths, electric car charging points and sheltered bus stops as well as electric and Brompton bikes available for tenant use.

2,200 metres of hedgerows and trees have been retained across the Park; if you’re working late, bring your night vision goggles and you could be lucky enough to see the visiting deer grazing on Blackwell Common or resident bats and badgers moving around the site using bat poles and badger tunnels that were set up to maintain their established routes.

Design & Science

Bringing the Park to life

Both Science and Art have to do with ordered complexity.

In his biography, the late Steve Jobs was credited with building a company ‘where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering’. This company and globally acclaimed brand was, of course, Apple, and Jobs seemed to know instinctively that this coming together of creativity and technology was the best way to create value in our modern world.

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Apple’s approach has revolutionised the IT world, opening it up to new and more users, and inspiring new innovations. It’s a textbook – or even an e-book! – example of the way in which design can make things desirable, marketable and a ‘lifestyle choice’; creating aspiration and demand, and delivering something that people want and can engage with.

There are many great examples of art and design coming together throughout the Science Park. The fact that art and science have come together in its creation is no accident, from the ‘Mortar Board’ roof of the Forum to the open innovative spaces. It represents progress, made when people (often with different skills and abilities) come together to achieve something inspiring. Together science and design are able to expand the horizon of possibility, accelerate progress and, literally, change the world.

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Both Science and Art have to do with ordered complexity.

In his biography, the late Steve Jobs was credited with building a company ‘where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering’. This company and globally acclaimed brand was, of course, Apple, and Jobs seemed to know instinctively that this coming together of creativity and technology was the best way to create value in our modern world.

Apple’s approach has revolutionised the IT world, opening it up to new and more users, and inspiring new innovations. It’s a textbook – or even an e-book! – example of the way in which design can make things desirable, marketable and a ‘lifestyle choice’; creating aspiration and demand, and delivering something that people want and can engage with.

There are many great examples of art and design coming together throughout the Science Park. The fact that art and science have come together in its creation is no accident, from the ‘Mortar Board’ roof of the Forum to the open innovative spaces. It represents progress, made when people (often with different skills and abilities) come together to achieve something inspiring. Together science and design are able to expand the horizon of possibility, accelerate progress and, literally, change the world.

Sustainability

Limiting our impact

“Development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”

The first two buildings have achieved CEEQUAL Very Good rating, in addition to the internationally recognised BREEAM Excellent standard. 200 square metres of solar panels aim to provide between 10-15% of the buildings energy requirements including a solar water heating system. Pioneering dimmer-switch street lighting can be dialled up or down according to the time of year.

Read more

A biomass boiler supports energy requirements, using locally sourced wood chip. As well as our energy efficient buildings and systems, the wider site supports sustainable travel with footpaths, cycle paths, electric car charging points and sheltered bus stops as well as electric and Brompton bikes available for tenant use.

2,200 metres of hedgerows and trees have been retained across the Park; if you’re working late, bring your night vision goggles and you could be lucky enough to see the visiting deer grazing on Blackwell Common or resident bats and badgers moving around the site using bat poles and badger tunnels that were set up to maintain their established routes.

Read less

“Development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”

The first two buildings have achieved CEEQUAL Very Good rating, in addition to the internationally recognised BREEAM Excellent standard. 200 square metres of solar panels aim to provide between 10-15% of the buildings energy requirements including a solar water heating system. Pioneering dimmer-switch street lighting can be dialled up or down according to the time of year.

A biomass boiler supports energy requirements, using locally sourced wood chip. As well as our energy efficient buildings and systems, the wider site supports sustainable travel with footpaths, cycle paths, electric car charging points and sheltered bus stops as well as electric and Brompton bikes available for tenant use.

2,200 metres of hedgerows and trees have been retained across the Park; if you’re working late, bring your night vision goggles and you could be lucky enough to see the visiting deer grazing on Blackwell Common or resident bats and badgers moving around the site using bat poles and badger tunnels that were set up to maintain their established routes.

Design & Science

Bringing the Park to life

Both Science and Art have to do with ordered complexity.

In his biography, the late Steve Jobs was credited with building a company ‘where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering’. This company and globally acclaimed brand was, of course, Apple, and Jobs seemed to know instinctively that this coming together of creativity and technology was the best way to create value in our modern world.

Read more

Apple’s approach has revolutionised the IT world, opening it up to new and more users, and inspiring new innovations. It’s a textbook – or even an e-book! – example of the way in which design can make things desirable, marketable and a ‘lifestyle choice’; creating aspiration and demand, and delivering something that people want and can engage with.

There are many great examples of art and design coming together throughout the Science Park. The fact that art and science have come together in its creation is no accident, from the ‘Mortar Board’ roof of the Forum to the open innovative spaces. It represents progress, made when people (often with different skills and abilities) come together to achieve something inspiring. Together science and design are able to expand the horizon of possibility, accelerate progress and, literally, change the world.

Read less

Both Science and Art have to do with ordered complexity.

In his biography, the late Steve Jobs was credited with building a company ‘where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering’. This company and globally acclaimed brand was, of course, Apple, and Jobs seemed to know instinctively that this coming together of creativity and technology was the best way to create value in our modern world.

Apple’s approach has revolutionised the IT world, opening it up to new and more users, and inspiring new innovations. It’s a textbook – or even an e-book! – example of the way in which design can make things desirable, marketable and a ‘lifestyle choice’; creating aspiration and demand, and delivering something that people want and can engage with.

There are many great examples of art and design coming together throughout the Science Park. The fact that art and science have come together in its creation is no accident, from the ‘Mortar Board’ roof of the Forum to the open innovative spaces. It represents progress, made when people (often with different skills and abilities) come together to achieve something inspiring. Together science and design are able to expand the horizon of possibility, accelerate progress and, literally, change the world.

Our Partners

The people we work with