Chesterford Research Park is located in the north of the county of Essex in the UK. It is situated within one of the region’s most important life science clusters, the South Cambridge Biotech Cluster.
Chesterford Research Park provides secure, high-quality accommodation and a supportive environment for pharmaceutical and biotechnology research, development, diagnostics and science technology businesses within a beautiful parkland setting.
Opportunities for growth, innovation and collaboration
- Prime location within the South Cambridge Biotech Cluster where the emphasis is on innovation.
- Home to national and international life science, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
- Opportunity to build collaborative relationships within the South Cambridge Biotech Cluster.
- Access to world-class university research at Cambridge.
- Road, rail and air access to the rest of the UK and international markets.
- An integrated business and research community.
- Conference, catering and leisure facilities on site.
Set in 250 acres of parkland only three miles from the M11, Chesterford Research Park offers conveniently located, adaptable and flexible accommodation to businesses operating across a broad scientific spectrum. From this position Chesterford Research Park has excellent communications with key UK and international markets for businesses, their employees and visitors.
The location of the Park affords easy access to key business and logistical locations and the national motorway network. Location advantages include:
- 14 miles from Cambridge.
- 3 miles from the Welcome Genome Campus, a world-leading centre for genome research.
- 40 miles from central London by road.
- Less than an hour to central London by rail from local stations at Audley End and Great Chesterford.
- 15 miles to London Stansted Airport, with direct flights to 150 European destinations and 200 cargo destinations worldwide.
- 60 miles from Harwich International Port for fast container access to European markets.
Businesses located at Chesterford Research Park
Chesterford provides state-of-the-art, bespoke R&D facilities for companies at every stage of their life cycle. The Park’s unique range of facilities and excellent working environment is already home to some of the more established pioneers in R&D, as well as the innovative newer breed of biotechnology companies. These include:
- Illumina Inc, European headquarters of one of the world's leading developers, manufacturers, and marketers of next-generation life science tools and integrated systems for the analysis of genetic variation and biological function.
- Charles River Laboratories, which provides essential products and services to help pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, government agencies and leading academic institutions around the globe accelerate their research and drug development efforts.
- Isogenica, a leading player in protein and antibody design and discovery for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
- Arecor, a leading formulation technology company delivering superior biopharmaceuticals via the innovative reformulation of proteins and peptides.
- Domainex, a rapidly-growing drug research company with expertise in expression of disease target proteins, hit discovery, hit-to-lead identification and lead optimisation.
“The main benefit is being close to Cambridge, the airport and other networks. The proximity to London is also helpful. With the airport being so close, we can get to Europe quickly. There is also the fact that Essex is a great place to work for research, they provide very good facilities here.”
Ambili Nair, Isogenica
The concentration of leading life sciences businesses in the area has enabled the development of strategic clusters that support high levels of innovation, collaboration and supply chain development. Chesterford Research Park is an important member of the South Cambridgeshire Biotech Cluster.
Skills for the future
The concentration of related businesses makes life sciences the largest sector in the area and gives companies access to an experienced local pool of individuals with well-developed skills in research, design, product development, manufacturing, technical support and marketing.
The universities in the region provide high-quality graduates in key disciplines such as biomedical science, medical engineering, life sciences, genetics, molecular medicines and applied sciences.
Companies also have access to the skills and resources of business incubators such as the London Bio Incubation Centre, Queen Mary Bio Innovation Centre, Babraham Incubation Centre and the Essex Technology and Innovation Centre.
Research, laboratory and office spaces
The Park provides high-quality accommodation in an attractive, secure environment for science and technology-based companies of all sizes. It has grown into a campus of 36 buildings and continues to grow today via a phased programme of refurbishment and redevelopment. The basis of the Park’s development is a low-density scheme in which the accommodation zone comprises just 12 percent of the total area of 250 acres.
Chesterford provides state-of-the-art, bespoke R&D facilities for companies at every stage of their life cycle. The choice of properties ranges from bespoke headquarter buildings to highly-flexible, energy-efficient R&D laboratories and office space.
The stunning 19th century Mansion House building offers a wide range of individual suites that meet the demand for smaller, flexible business space from small to medium-sized companies and start-ups.
The Nucleus Building, a 2,000 square metre central facilities building, offers state-of-the-art conference facilities, a restaurant, bar, meeting rooms and a health and fitness centre. The versatile meeting room space can cater for a range of requirements, from boardroom meetings for 12, training days for 100 or networking receptions for up to 200. Wi-Fi is available throughout.
The Nucleus Building’s restaurant, bar, meeting rooms and gym, as well as a small shop and cash machine ensure every aspect of day to day life is catered for without having to leave the site. In addition, the landscaped grounds offer the perfect opportunity for walking or running and there is a 7 hole par three golf course within the 250 acre grounds open to occupiers.
Planning for future expansion
The on-going development programme includes the creation of pre-let and speculative laboratories for both established and start-up businesses.
The most recent speculative build at Chesterford Resesarch Park, is The Science Village, a multi-million pound development that provides 2,800 square metres of highly flexible, energy efficient, state-of-the-art R&D laboratory and office space, across 16 individual suites. The Science Village is currently home to organisations including Oncologica, Diagnostics for the Real World (DRW) and Evonetix.