The North of England’s ever sharpening focus on innovation-led businesses is set to take another step forward as the second phase of Violet, a c. £20million speculative development at the Sci-Tech Daresbury campus, goes before planners for detailed consent.
The project is set to deliver a further c. 80,000 sq ft gross of innovation real estate to Liverpool City Region, including much needed laboratory space, in a development on vacant land at the north end of the campus in Halton.
The application is based around two new three-storey buildings, to be known as V4 and V5 following on from the successful delivery of phase one of Violet. Having been completed in February 2022, Phase 1 comprised a £17.8million scheme which is already 85% occupied and features 43,000 sq ft of Grade A office and innovation space across three buildings V1 at 19,000 sq ft and V2 and V3 providing 12,000 sq ft each.
Violet is central to Sci-Tech Daresbury’s strategy of expanding the range of high-quality facilities to provide a ‘home for life’ for companies and will help joint venture partners Langtree, Halton Borough Council, and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) deliver on the promise to support job creation and drive inward investment in the region.