New Science Park for Cardiff hoping to create 1,000 new high skilled jobs

Powell Dobson have been commissioned by property development firm Garrison Barclay Estates to design and develop plans for its Cardiff Edge Life Science Park which it acquired from healthcare giant GE Healthcare in 2018. It is targeting both health organisations and the life sciences sector from pharmaceutical to medical devices.

The first phase would see £38m invested to create five new self-contained buildings providing over 250,000 sq ft of R&D laboratory space and grade A office accommodation, as well as a 500 space multi storey car park.

The scheme designed by Powell Dobson, has been designated as a strategic development and employment site by the Cardiff Capital Region, which covers the 10 local authorities of south east Wales.

Subject to planning consent, construction is expected to start next year with the buildings being ready for occupancy some time in 2022. Longer term the schemes includes further phases 2 and 3, which would provide an additional 225,000 sq.ft. with a further £40m of investment. There is alo opportunity to significantly expand the science park by incorporating surrounding land in collaboration with Cardiff Council.