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Harlow in Essex is to receive a £400m public health science hub, after a number of public exhibitions over the last few years, where plans were unveiled. Public Health England, who proposed the project are a government funded body whose aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of the nation. They also work with the NHS and other organisations, to reduce inequalities within health nationwide.
This ‘centre of excellence’ will be situated on the vacant GlaxoSmithKline site at the New Frontiers Science Park in the Pinnacles Industrial Estate, Harlow. The park is intended to provide a facility which will deliver ground breaking research, along with health improvement and protection. It will also represent an enhancement to an area that is no longer used and lying empty. The scheme will utilise existing buildings and develop offices and research units in a campus set up. Some of the buildings will be demolished to make way for new state of the art constructions, while others will be refurbished.
The project plans were subjected to scrutiny by members of the public attending the initial exhibitions, and people were encouraged to participate, and invited to have input in the form of opinions and ideas. This consultation feedback significantly influenced the board, and allowed the plans to be modified and adjusted to deliver a satisfactory result for all involved. The science park will bring together over 2,000 staff from various sites, and is expected to be completed by 2024.
The project also highlights the push to retain and redevelop existing buildings rather than simply demolishing and rebuilding. The planned new constructions will feature a range of environmentally friendly technology and designs such as green roofs. Additionally the scheme comes in line with the governments aim to reduce the number of state occupied buildings by 75% by 2023.
This is just one of the exciting pieces of news within the building industry in places like Harlow and Essex in general. Many other projects are emerging in and around Essex and London, whether commercial or DIY. Several companies or individuals involved hire their plant equipment from places like Rhino Plant Hire at extremely competitive rates.