A topping-out celebration has marked the latest milestone in the construction of the landmark £10.7m Parkside office development on the Knowledge Gateway research and technology park on the University of Essex’s Colchester Campus. The Grade A, 41,571 sq. ft. office is the largest headquarters style office currently under construction in the eastern region and will be ready for occupation later in 2023.

Representatives from Colchester City Council, Tendring District Council, South East Local Enterprise Partnership and Essex County Council joined ourselves and the University’s registrar Bryn Morris to mark the completion of the core structure.

Once completed the ground floor will be home to the University’s world-leading Institute of Public Health and Wellbeing with the rest of the building aimed at commercial tenants and designed to be as flexible as possible so it can accommodate a large anchor company or be sub-divided into smaller units.

Mr Morris said: “We’re seeing increasing demand for office space at our Knowledge Gateway research and technology park with a string of new tenants moving into our existing Parkside offices since the beginning of the year and the business community at the Innovation Centre continuing to expand. I am delighted to celebrate the progress we are making on this landmark building which will allow us to accommodate growing demand for office space on the Knowledge Gateway. We are looking to forge strong links with companies joining our Parkside community. They benefit from being able to connect with our research community, student and graduate talent, wider business network, business support programmes and of course quick access to our on campus facilities including our award-wining parkland. I’m really pleased our partners joined this topping-out celebration as our University is committed to working with them to drive economic growth in the region.”

The new building will offer more opportunities for businesses wanting to move to the University’s Colchester Campus and take advantage of links to the University’s research community, graduate and student talent pool, campus facilities and business networks.

For more information visit: https://knowledge-gateway.co.uk/