Tritax submits plans for £80m Oxfordshire R&D project

Aaron Morby 2 months ago
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Shed developer Tritax Symmetry has submitted plans for a 600,000 sq ft global R&D facility for Siemens Healthineers.

CGI drawn up by Arup
CGI drawn up by Arup

The combined research, development and production facility in Oxfordshire will provide superconducting magnets used in MRI systems.

Designed by Leicestershire architect SGP, the facility will cost around £80m to build sustaining around 670 construction jobs over the two-year build programme.

The 48-acre site on land north of the A41 and east of Junction 9 of the M40, known as Symmetry Park, Oxford North, has been chosen following an extensive site search by Siemens Healthineers.

Main production facilities behind the front three-storey offices will be delivered in two phases

The building will be bespoke to Siemens Healthineers’ design and production process and delivered to net zero carbon in construction.

It has been designed to achieve a minimum rating of BREEAM Excellent and will incorporate substantial solar photo voltaic (PV) coverage on the roof.

Jonathan Dawes, planning director at Tritax Symmetry, said: “Since the site was identified by Siemens Healthineers, we have undertaken a thorough public consultation and have continued to liaise with local planning officers throughout the process.”

Ralph Seidler, managing director of Siemens Healthineers Magnet Technology, Oxford, said: “Subject to a positive planning outcome we will commence a phased transition from Eynsham to Oxford North, with changeover anticipated to complete by 2030, subject to the variable demand for product lines developed in the facilities.”

 

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