Colworth Park unveils plans for more research and development work during VIP tour

Lord Lieutenant Helen Nellis on tour of Colworth Park, Sharnbrook.
Lord Lieutenant Helen Nellis on tour of Colworth Park, Sharnbrook.

The new owners of a science and technology park revealed plans to bring more research and development into the area, during a VIP visit.

Colworth Park, in Sharnbrook, hosted a tour when the Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis paid a visit to see the groundbreaking science on display.

During the tour, a range of companies based on the park showcased their world-leading research and prototype technology.

On the Exchange Innovation Centre at the Park, the Lord-Lieutenant saw demonstrations of the latest advances in Point of Care (PoC) diagnostics, including prostate cancer detection, conception and pregnancy monitoring and sports medicine.

The Lord-Lieutenant, who is also a Bedfordshire Business Ambassador, also heard about the ambitious plans by the park’s new owners, Wrenbridge and Palmer Capital, to turn Colworth into a mixed tenant research and development (R&D) cluster, centered around the largest tenant, Unilever.

Colworth’s business development director Keith Purdie said: “I was delighted to share the exciting discoveries being made at Colworth with the Lord Lieutenant, and to outline our future plans for the park.

“Over the next three years, we plan to triple the number of number of businesses operating from Colworth, and the Lord-Lieutenant’s role as a Business Ambassador will help us to spread that message and attract more high-growth tenants to the park.”

Colworth Park has been at the forefront of industrial research for more than 60 years. It was purchased in June 2013 by Cambridge based Wrenbridge Land, alongside real estate fund manager Palmer Capital.

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