The project uses £2.5m of Growth Deal grant to fund site infrastructure on Phase 2 of Exeter Science Park. This will be in preparation for a Global Environmental Futures Campus site and to facilitate the adjoining Met Office new £100m supercomputer facility which will be the campus’s anchor occupier.
The Global Environmental Futures Campus (GEFC) will occupy a prominent site overlooking the M5 next to the Redhayes Bridge on the outskirts of Exeter. The Met Office is acquiring 2 acres of the site for the supercomputer building and the remaining campus will be formed by development on the 2 adjacent masterplan clusters, Ridgetop and Redhayes. The £2.5m Growth Deal grant funded a series of infrastructure packages which will service the campus.
The plot immediately adjacent to the Met Office on the Ridgetop cluster is being reserved for a Collaboration Centre which is being promoted by the University of Exeter and the Met Office and is part of the second round of Growth Deal funding. The balance of the land will become development plots for businesses and research organisations who wish to be part of the GEFC.
The project includes site infrastructure packages:
- Estate Road Phase 2 works to Ridgetop cluster;
- Plot preparation to Ridgetop cluster;
- Redhayes cluster car park;
- Tithebarn cluster car park;
- Upgrade to Phase 2 drainage basins;
- Anning Drive upgrades;
- Footpath / cycleway to Ridgetop cluster;
- Northern Foul Pumping Station;
- Phase 1 Visitors’ Car Park
374 new jobs; based on the jobs created by the Met Office and the 3,000 sq m of private development
£15m private sector match funding.
Growth Deal Funding: £2.500m
Growing Places Loan Funding: £4.5m
Total Funding: £97.5m
Started on site: May 2015
Completed: March 2016