UK to get new science park

Rt Hon John Prescott, UK deputy Prime Minister, has unveiled plans to build a three quarters of a million square feet science park in Kent, south east of England. There is a consultation process planned before plans are submitted later this year. The site will be built on the former Kent Research Centre, which was formerly the Shell Research Centre in Sittingbourne. Plans for the site include a hotel, leisure and housing, as well as the science park itself, which will cater for biotechnology and other science firms. Infrastructural issues including adequate road access will also need to be addressed.

The government is understood to have consulted the team behind the Cambridge science park, in the hope of replicating a similar success story.

LaSalle Investment Management is the property company involved.