Harwell Campus is an internationally renowned campus which has grown as a centre of scientific research and innovation in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The campus sits within the Science Vale UK - an area where internationally competitive science-based employment will receive continued support and encouragement from government, including the strategic delivery of high quality homes, supporting community facilities and enhanced infrastructure.
The Harwell Campus extends to some 290 hectares in total and is home currently to more than 200 organisations who together employ over 5,000 people.
We were commissioned to provide masterplanning, architecture and brief development services across the campus. This comprised a vision masterplan for the entire campus, design advice for the planning framework, a new residential quarter to the north of the site, and specialised clusters for space, education and health. Our vision masterplan focuses on public realm projects to activate the potential of the built environment to inspire and foster collaboration.
Our work also included the design and delivery to completion of a new innovation centre, the most significant new development since the public/private partnership was formed.
Harwell is home to the Diamond Light Source, the UK’s national synchrotron that produces lights 10 billion times brighter than the sun; and was the site of Europe’s first energy producing fission reactor.