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Cambridge Science Park

 

15 December 2007

 

 

 

 

The NAPP building is still the most iconic on the site .. but now acts as a foreground for further technology building to the east of Milton Road.

 

 

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The entrance to the park is empty on a Saturday afternoon in late December, although the park was far from deserted. Of the three lanes of traffic coming off the A14 junction, two serve the Science Park!

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New construction, 101 Cambridge Science Park, is 80,000 sq ft of new office and lab space, to be opened in Spring 2008.

 

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The NAPP buildings reside behind a frontage of pine trees

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The buildings in the area of WorldPay Internet Payment Solutions and Pharmorphix give the distinct impressions of pavilions in a Japanese garden at this tie of year!

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The 'normal' variety of architectural styles at the Science Park, with an indication that some units remain unlet. Marketing the new building , '101' is now, however, the main priority.

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The ring road has been completes and joined by a bifurcated section, with landscaping; driving mistakes are punished by large dents from roadside boulders! Styles have varied over the years, but the V8 exhaust pipework is certainly innovative!

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Car parking is off-street (they tell you to park in them!) and the predominantly parkland theme is maintained. They do like their flag culture, I noticed!

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A number of new spurs have been driven through  from the ring road and this one, at its A14 end, shows increased levels of security, left. In the centre is XAAR, makers of high-end inkjet printers, whilst on the right are the extensive offices of Cambridge Consultants.

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On the left is the Park's social centre, with conference facilities and a bar, restaurant, and fitness club. On the right , it's back to the entrance roundabout.

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Pictures of the cycle and pedestrian bridge over the A14 and the northern end of the St John's Innovation Centre.

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The cycle and pedestrian bridge over the A14 links the town with Milton ... and is finished with stainless steel handholds and lights. A classy and useful routeway!

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The A14 junction with the A 1309 Milton Road; there is still plenty of land available around this strategic junction.

 

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Cambridge Science Park ... some years ago.

 

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The park has a plan of two roads, not yet joined up, and modern, office-like buildings dotted along them. In the middle is an area of trees and grass, and a lake, as seen here.

 

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'Look East' did an excellent piece on the Science Park on its 25 anniversary, in 1995, featuring a number of companies and their products. Here is the home of two of them, Cantab and XAAR.

 

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One of the newer building is the modernistic home of NAPP. All of the firms can be found, by map, photo and details on the website of the Science Park, listed below.

 

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links:

Cambridge Science Park  website of the Science Park.

Streetmap of the Science Park

 

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