New brand reflects the vibrancy and future ambition of St John’s Innovation Park
Wed, Apr 14, 2021
St John’s Innovation Park, owned by St John’s College, University of Cambridge, has unveiled an innovative new brand and website to reflect the dynamic occupiers and pioneering work taking place on site.
The new website, www.sjip.co.uk, has been developed as a community platform to showcase Park news and events and be the go-to place for occupiers and visitors to access the day-to-day information to make life at the Park as easy and connected as possible. New material will be added regularly, particularly sharing occupier news, Park initiatives, and future development plans.
The colourful new brand signals the vibrancy and energy of the exciting R&D, technology and science organisations based there, including DarkTrace, IESO Digital Health, PwC, Qualcomm, Raspberry PI and Samsung, and reinforces the Park’s identity as an integral part of the North Cambridge research and development cluster.
Commitment to Sustainability
One issue highlighted more visibly on the new website is the Park’s commitment to sustainability. Reducing carbon emissions from the built environment, mitigating the effects of climate change, minimising the consumption of resources, promoting wellbeing and the protection of biodiversity across the Park are all high on the agenda for the College.
Various initiatives are already in place and are continuously reviewed to foster the uptake of sustainable habits and make it easier for occupiers to make a difference.
To date, the implementation of a shuttle bus to and from Cambridge North train station has been well received and there are an increasing number of bicycle spaces and shower facilities to encourage walking, cycling, and other fitness activities. New ideas are always welcomed and considered by the Park team.
EV Charging Points
With electric cars becoming more mainstream as the technology supporting electric vehicles and batteries continues to improve, electric car charging points are in place in the car park of the Maurice Wilkes Building. There are four bays for drivers to charge their cars at their convenience. The Maurice Wilkes Building is staffed 24/7 with the onsite team happy to assist occupiers and visitors alike.
Exciting e-transport News
After a successful trial, the Park is thrilled to announce the introduction of an e-bike and e-scooter programme on site, coming on stream later this month.
The Park is part of a scheme running throughout Cambridge that, based on a forecasted 12–16% car replacement rate and standard utilisation rates, expects to save 48–115 tonnes CO2 eq. in Cambridge over the course of the next 12 months.
Easy to use, users will simply download the VOI App to get started and then locate an e-scooter or e-bike from one of the bike shelters across St John’s Innovation Park. The scooters and bikes will be accessible via the app between 0600hrs and 2000hrs. The e-scooters and e-bikes will be disinfected regularly with high quality anti-viral cleansing agents that will last up to 24 hours for peace of mind.
This is just one of the many ways in which the Park aims to encourage occupiers to consider more sustainable transport methods, leading ultimately to less reliance on petrol/diesel cars.
Immediate opportunities for agile businesses
There are currently three suites available in the Park’s Platinum Building comprising high-quality, predominantly open plan, office/R&D accommodation situated in landscaped grounds. Prospective occupiers have the choice of one ground floor suite of 2,885 sq ft and two first floors suites of 10,140 sq ft and 5,256 sq ft respectively. The suites on the first floor could be combined if required.
The 43,000 sq ft building provides accommodation over three floors, private balcony areas and dedicated car and cycle parking.
The businesses who choose to base themselves within the Platinum Building will join an innovative community where the health and wellbeing of staff, through the provision of additional amenity and enriched public realm, is a priority for the St John’s Innovation Park team. Regular activities and events encourage interaction and provide an opportunity for occupiers to get to know one another. The immediate outside space offers multiple areas for relaxation and reflection for employees during a busy day.
Availability for new and growing start-ups
Providing a dynamic and supportive incubation environment to ambitious start-ups working to commercialise their innovations, St John’s Innovation Centre sits at the heart of the Park.
Over the years, the Centre has been home to numerous prominent start-ups over the years including Autonomy Corporation, Jagex, Owlstone and Scientia. The Centre now houses more than 80 companies, employing over 500 people, creating a vibrant, agile community within which innovation thrives.
The Centre has suites available on easy-in, easy-out terms with flexible notice periods, ranging from 140 sq ft to 2,500 sq ft, enabling occupiers to change their accommodation according to their evolving requirements.
Small meeting rooms are available free of charge to occupiers and virtual tenants and the main building provides various communal areas for informal networking and relaxation and includes a restaurant.
Ideal for the next generation of technology disruptors and innovators, the Dirac Building will provide the next generation of superb work spaces at St John’s Innovation Park. A prominent building at the northern gateway to Cambridge, the 85,000 sq ft Dirac Building and neighbouring Transport Hub – incorporating a gym and extensive shower facilities – forms the next phase of development at the Park.
The Dirac Building has been designed with ‘intelligent building’ and ‘smart office’ best practice principles in mind; utilising technology and process to create a safer and more productive environment for occupiers, including Covid secure design elements built in to the specification.