With location such an important factor when choosing office or lab accommodation, Granta Park is undertaking a major survey to ensure current and future occupiers continue to be attracted by the location and transport arrangements.
Granta Park ensures companies are attracted by location
Explains Granta Park Marketing and Asset Manager Roz Bird: “Speak to any of our occupiers and they will cite location and ease of getting to Granta Park as a major plus, but we don’t want to rest on our laurels so we are putting together a new Travel Management Plan with input from the 2000 staff members. Environmental impact is also important to us and our occupiers in putting together travel plans.”
A questionnaire is being used to ask all staff about their journey to work, what they know about current arrangements and what changes and improvements could be made. The findings will be used to update the Travel Management Plan, which was first put together in 2003 and will be updated to identify targets and introduce improvements over the next five to six years.
Adds Roz Bird: “We know that Granta Park is easy to reach by car, but we are conscious of our environmental impact and also want to encourage staff to think of other ways of getting here. Following the last survey we’ve put in place many initiatives, including the Granta Park commuter bus, which comes from Cambridge city centre every day, a free car share and bikeBUDi schemes, improvements to the footpath to the village to meet the 13/13A public bus, a bike rail over the A11 footbridge and have also contributed to a dedicated cycle path that will link Granta Park to Cambridge.”
Location is key for Granta Park’s tenants, as Ted Smith, Human Resources Director of Vernalis explains: “The northern science parks suffer terribly at rush hour, with near gridlock on the A14 near Milton on a Monday morning, whereas Granta Park is relatively easy to get to and the addition of the shuttle bus service to and from the railway stations has made it even better,” he says.
For medical company Colonix, Granta Park’s newest occupiers, there was no hesitation about the location. “Our staff were unanimous about moving to Granta Park - it’s a very good location,” says the company’s Managing Director Hugo Lywood.
Granta Park hopes to complete the new Travel Management Plan by the end of the year.
Managed and operated by MEPC, Granta Park is located south of Cambridge in the heart of the Cambridge Science Cluster. Companies on the business estate include MedImmune, Pfizer, PPD and TWI. The new Riverside Development offers smaller office and R & D units, allowing smaller companies to work within a thriving science community, which includes sports and social programme, cafe, restaurant, nursery, fitness suite, commuter bus and 24 hour security.
BioMed Realty has been part of Cambridge's world-class life science community since the acquisition of Granta Park in 2012. Granta Park is a 477,230 square foot business estate in one of the most reconised areas for science success globally and is home to leading companies, including Sosei Heptares, Astrazeneca, Illumina, PPD Global, and One Nucleus.