The illustrative landscape masterplan is shown above.
The plan indicates the proposed access points, landscaping and building unit layout.
The Science Park site requires a minimum size of 35 hectares to allow for continued growth and development, and a maximum drive time from Swindon town centre of 15 minutes, to allow for the retention of the majority of Wasdell’s current staff.
The site must also be within 15 minutes’ drive of Junction 15 of the M4, to provide easy and rapid access to M4 to Heathrow, the UK’s cargo hub. This access is crucial in transporting ambient and temperature controlled goods of high value within a fixed, short timescale. In order to assure the Group’s imminent future growth the site must also be currently available and owned by, or in the control of, one landowner.
The planning application consists of two main elements. Phase 1 is detailed, seeking full consent for the Wasdell facility, comprising land use class B1c, parking, landscaping, drainage and green infrastructure. Phase 2 is outline, seeking consent to demolish buildings, and a further phase of land use class B1c and B1b. All matters, including means of access, landscaping, layout and scale, are reserved for Phase 2.
The revisions have been made in order to respond positively to responses to a number of matters raised by statutory consultees and other interested parties. They include removing the temporary access from Pack Hill for Phase 1, and seeking full consent instead for a roundabout access for Phases 1 and 2, which will enable the early delivery of this part of Swindon Borough Council’s Southern Connector Road. A significant number of changes have also been made to the proposed design of the buildings in order to further reduce their visual impact, along with additional landscaping.
The Swindon Science Park will meet Wasdell’s own requirements for growth, and provide facilities for other companies and organisations to innovate and develop in Swindon. The development will be delivered in two phases, with the initial phase meeting the requirements of Wasdell. As part of the Phase Two development, an Innovation Centre will be delivered as an early part. This has been informed by the strategy proposed by CAM-SCI, a specialist Science Park delivery consultant, who have been appointed by Wasdell to advise on appropriate mechanisms to ensure the Park is delivered as planned.
The proposals have been developed with careful consideration given to the constraints and opportunities above. The buildings on site will be set within a strong landscape framework which has led the development of the proposals.