MEPC signs first pre-let on latest phase of speculative development at Milton Park to Oxford Immunotec
MEPC has signed a deal with Oxford Immunotec Global PLC, a NASDAQ listed Oxford University spin-out, to expand its global headquarters at Milton Park. The pre-let will see Oxford Immunotec taking the whole of 143 Park Drive, one of three buildings on Milton Park’s latest £24 million speculative development: Park Drive East.
The move combines two of three existing Oxford Immunotec facilities at Milton Park into a brand new, purpose built 27,000 sq ft facility, which will house manufacturing rooms, R&D laboratories, the company’s ODL clinical laboratory as well as sales, marketing and various headquarters functions.
Oxford Immunotec is a global NASDAQ-listed, high-growth diagnostics company, focused on developing and commercialising proprietary tests for the management of underserved immune-regulated conditions such as TB. They are moving to 143 Park Drive to accommodate their continued growth.
A spin-out from the University of Oxford, Oxford Immunotec have been at Milton Park for over a decade and the move to 143 Park Drive will be the fourth time the company has expanded on the park.
143 Park Drive is one of three buildings in the new Park Drive East development where 141 (42,000 sq ft) & 142 (41,000 sq ft) are still available. The development is within the Science Vale UK Enterprise Zone which allows businesses taking space in the scheme the potential to save up to £275,000 on business rates.
Construction for all three buildings started at the beginning of this year. 141, the Grade A office building is due to finish in December. 142 and 143 will follow closely in early 2018. Planning permission for the new development was approved through the fast track Local Development Order process, specific to Milton Park.
To mark the announcement of the pre-let a small ceremony was carried out on-site where the MEPC team showed the Oxford Immunotec Senior Leadership Team the steels and layout for their new building.
Dr. Peter Wrighton-Smith, Founder & CEO of Oxford Immunotec said: “We are pleased that the MEPC team continue to partner with us to support our growth. The company manufactures all its products at Milton Park, of which >90% are exported to over 50 countries around the world. 143 Park Drive will enable the company to expand its manufacturing and laboratory space to support its continued growth, as well to support its transition from a one product company to a four product company.”
Philip Campbell, Commercial Director for MEPC at Miton Park said: “It’s been a real pleasure working with Oxford Immunotec on their latest move on Milton Park. We’re so pleased to be able to accommodate the expansion of theirUK facility here.This early pre-let has underwritten our decision to incorporate a highly flexible design into the new buildings being constructed at Park Drive East based on our clear understanding of the demand from science and technology companies. We look forward to handing over 143 to Oxford Immunotec on completion and announcing further lettings on the rest of the 110,000 sq ft scheme over the coming months.”
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Milton Park is home to over 9,000 people and 250 organisations. As one of Europe’s largest business parks, Milton Park accommodates all types of business, from manufacturing and medical services to mobile technology. By having such a large and eclectic variety of companies and individuals, creates an environment that is inclusive, as well as exclusive.
MEPC is the manager and developer of Milton Park. For further information, please visit www.miltonpark.co.uk
Oxford Immunotec Global PLC is a global, high-growth diagnostics company focused on developing and commercializing proprietary tests for the management of underserved immune-regulated conditions. The Company's first product is the T-SPOT®.TB test, which is used to test for tuberculosis infection. The T-SPOT.TB test has been approved for sale in over 50 countries, including the United States, where it has received pre-market approval from the Food and Drug Administration, Europe, where it has obtained a CE mark, as well as Japan and China. The Company's second product line is a range of assays for tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease, obtained through the acquisitions of Imugen and Immunetics. Also obtained through the acquisitions is the Company's third product line focused on screening for Babesia in donated blood, for which the Company is currently seeking FDA licensure. The T-SPOT.CMV test and the T-SPOT.PRT test are pipeline products as part of the Company's fourth intended product line focused on the transplantation market. In addition to these four product lines, the Company has additional active development programs in other immune-regulated conditions. The Company is headquartered near Oxford, U.K. and in Marlborough, Mass. Additional information can be found at www.oxfordimmunotec.com.
T-SPOT is a trademark of Oxford Immunotec Ltd. Immunetics is a trademark of Immunetics, Inc.
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