The new Innovation Park Medway (IPM) is to be designed by BDP, following a competitive pre-qualification questionnaire process.
The project is a new opportunity for high-value technology, engineering, manufacturing and knowledge-intensive businesses looking to grow in the South East of England. It will be a flagship development of up to 100,000 sqm commercial space with state-of-the-art meeting, conference and business facilities designed to encourage pioneering and a collaborative community.
The site benefits from Enterprise Zone status until the end of March 2022 offering businesses the opportunity to take advantage of business rates discounts of up to £55,000 per year for five years.
At the top of the Runway Park, Innovation Park Medway’s gateway feature building will be the first building on site, facilitating the occupation of a number of innovative businesses and demonstrating the high quality aspirations Medway Council has for the park.
BDP’s submission was one of the top seven selected, out of 25 submitted, and the seven consultancies were taken through to the tender stage and invited to submit a full and complete bid, including a presentation and clarification interview.
Medway Council said: “We are pleased to confirm that we have awarded the contract for the design of the IPM Gateway Building to BDP who demonstrated a thorough understanding of the brief. Their concept and holistic approach to the design of the building took into consideration the hardworking flexible ground floor space and interaction with the runway park.”