London, October 5, 2023 – On Tuesday night, Kadans Science Partner won the 2023 category for best Refurbished/Recycled Workplace from the British Council for Offices’ (BCO). The BCO is Britain’s leading member organisation for leading, debating and discussing the office sector within the UK.
In June this year Sycamore House in Stevenage was the recipient of the Midlands and Central England region award within this category culminating in the national awards ceremony in London on the 3rd October.
The building was unanimously acclaimed by the judging panel for its transformation from an unused unloved storage facility into a cutting-edge life-science facility. Sub-divisible laboratory and office spaces co-exist with vibrant, communal areas that are served by a café and dramatically planted winter gardens. The overall effect is of a multi-tenanted building that feels light, open and genuinely collaborative, encouraging interaction between neighbouring start-up companies.
As the first development project purchased in the UK by the Kadans team, this win is testament to quality of the development, the design of the space by our architects Owers Warwick Architects, and the commitment of our colleagues to deliver the best experience for our tenants within the building.
“Sycamore House is such an exciting building for us, people are always amazed when they step inside the building and clearly see the transformation that it has been on. We have an amazing and thriving ecosystem in this building with the likes of Cytiva, Cell & Gene Therapy Catapult, Freeline, Rentschler, Charles River, Immuone and more! The buzz and the energy we get walking around this building from our tenants and their staff is just fantastic. It’s wonderful to have this recognised at both the regional and national awards for workplace at BCO.” – Katie Nelson, Senior Asset Manager, UK & Ireland
Kadans Development Director Edward Joslin was delighted with the award and noted that “it has been a privilege to be part of this amazing project and true testament of how buildings can be recycled to fit with modern uses.”
Notes to Editor
Kadans Science Partner is the European leader investing in the development of ecosystems and real estate with a dedicated focus on knowledge-intensive sectors. We focus on bringing people together to overcome global challenges. Therefore, we invest, develop and operate specialised assets to complement science clusters. Across Europe, we have built a network of clients, partner organisations, and innovative minds, active in Life Sciences & Health, Food, Energy & Digital Economy. All determined to find solutions to the global challenges we face today. Currently already active in 25+ science clusters, our network continues to grow as we develop more locations and support more clusters across Europe.