Third multinational company relocates to KAO Park, Harlow

Pearson EducationPearson, the world's leading education company, is the third multinational company to be relocating to KAO Park at the Harlow Enterprise Zone. Pearson will occupy 28,000sq ft of the new KAO Two office building where the company has agreed a 10 year lease. Pearson’s move follows the lettings of Raytheon and Arrow Electronics last year, totalling over 110,000sq ft, in KAO One at the 35-acre KAO Park.

Pearson’s move is part of a £25 million long term investment and will continue an association with Harlow that goes back over 40 years. The UK based global company will move its 300 Harlow based staff into the new science and enterprise site in summer 2017.

“KAO Park has enjoyed a surge in lettings over the last year attracting occupiers such as electronics supplier, Arrow Electronics, and defence innovation specialist, Raytheon UK. We are delighted that Pearson has agreed to join the KAO Park family.”

Carl Whayman, Chief Executive, Lee Baron Property Managers

Providing state of the art facilities

BooksThe facility at the KAO Two office building will be designed sustainably to fulfil Pearson’s requirements by BMO Real Estate Partners (BMO REP) and will provide a state of the art home for Pearson’s fastest growing divisions including teams working on…

  • 3D artificial reality training tools
  • Online systems for delivering university courses
  • Traditional textbook publishing and qualification businesses

“Pearson has a long standing commitment to Harlow, not just as a major local employer but as a part of the community through work like our partnership with the Sir Charles Kao University Technical College. I am therefore delighted to announce not only that Pearson is re-affirming its long-standing relationship with the town but also that we will shortly be moving into a new building better suited to our needs”.

Rod Bristow, President, Pearson UK

“KAO Park has a long history of scientific and technological breakthroughs. Having Pearson in the campus is befitting as this site is best suited for any business looking to place itself firmly at the forefront of research and innovation.”

Zvi Noe, Director of Investments, BMO Real Estate Partners

About KAO Park

KAO One buildingKAO Park is located in the heart of the London-Stansted-Cambridge corridor and offers prospective occupiers footprints in excess of 20,000 sq ft of grade A office space.

KAO One at KAO Park is 60% occupied and 52,000sq ft is now available to let in KAO Two.

The KAO Park development on the Harlow Enterprise Zone site also includes the creation of the KAO Data campus adjacent to the business park. Once fully developed, KAO Data Campus will comprise of four data centres each split into four halls designed over three floors. It will be the only campus within 30 miles of London to combine:

  • 150,000 sq ft technical space
  • 200,000 sq ft of grade A office space

INVEST Essex assisting businesses in Essex

INVEST Essex works closely with the Harlow Enterprise Zone supporting companies looking to relocate to a more modern and better suited environment.

INVEST Essex offer free professional services to companies in Essex, the UK and abroad to help those companies to maximise the commercial opportunities of a business location on the doorstep of London and Cambridge and with excellent access to Europe.

See here for more information on INVEST Essex.

Sources [Pearson] [KAO Park]

Simon Papworth
Simon Papworth

Inward Investment Manager (High-Technology Cluster)

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Simon has worked in inward investment for the last four years, building a wide network of trusted business connections, working on a variety of successful projects in the advanced manufacturing sector. Prior to this, Simon spent 7 years advising business owners and entrepreneurs, with a focus on bringing innovative products to market.