Oxford, UK, Tuesday 20th September 2022: John Sisk & Son has participated at the naming ceremony of two buildings at Plot 16, The Oxford Science Park (TOSP). The buildings have been named after two leading scientists, experimental psychologist Professor Susan Iversen CBE FMedSci and Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist Professor Sir Anthony Leggett FRS HonFInstP.
Sisk presented TOSP with a time capsule to commemorate the event. The capsule contained a copy of a newspaper, building plans and a list of contractors. This was engraved with the logos of the buildings which have been designed to reflect the scientists’ research.
Both scientists were honoured at The TOSP, one of Europe's leading locations for science and technology companies. Professors Iversen and Leggett, who are giving their names to the first and second buildings on Plot 16 respectively, are both former Fellows of Magdalen College Oxford which is the majority owner of TOSP.
The 86,000 sq ft laboratory and office Iversen Building will be completed in the summer of 2023, providing high-specification grow-on space for science and technology companies. The 78,500 sq ft Leggett Building will be completed the following year.
The Iversen Building is the next laboratory building to complete in Oxford against a backdrop of extremely high demand. Construction is ongoing, with completion expected in the summer of 2023.
Ajaz Shafi, COO, John Sisk & Son, said: ‘John Sisk & Son is proud to be delivering one of Europe’s leading locations for science and technology at Oxford Science Park. The naming of both buildings at Plot 16 after two accomplished scientists and former fellows of Magdalen College is a fitting tribute. Works are progressing well on site and we look forward to leaving a lasting legacy in the community of Oxford.’
Rory Maw, CEO of The Oxford Science Park, said: ‘With the naming of The Iversen and Leggett Buildings, we are delighted to continue our tradition of honouring eminent Magdalen College Fellows and their scientific contributions. These leading researchers will doubtless inspire the growing science and technology companies that will occupy the facilities. The two new buildings are part of TOSP’s accelerated growth strategy following the creation of the joint venture with GIC last year, providing high quality and much needed space for the thriving Oxford innovation ecosystem.’
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About The Oxford Science Park
The Oxford Science Park is majority owned by Magdalen College, Oxford, upholding its research heritage and its strategy to support discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship. Providing an influential science and technology environment, the Park has ambitious plans to create an additional 500,000+ sq. ft. of office and laboratory space over the next 3 years alongside its strategic partner GIC. This additional capacity will support the growth of businesses already based on the Park, providing flexible workspace accommodation, and enabling new companies to enjoy the Park’s exceptional environment and collegiate and collaborative ethos.
TOSP is home to 3,350 people and more than 100 businesses. These range from start-ups based in the Magdalen Centre innovation hub to major international companies and include Blue Earth Diagnostics, MiroBio, OrganOx, OxSonics Therapeutics, Oxford Nanopore Technologies, OXGENE, ProImmune, Oxford Science Enterprises, Evox Therapeutics, Exscientia and Intuitive Surgical.
The Oxford Science Park is located approximately four miles south-east of Oxford city centre, just off the City’s southern ring road. It has easy access to the M40 and A34, as well as to Heathrow Airport and mainline train services. For further information, please visit: www.oxfordsp.com or follow us on twitter @OxfordSciencePK and LinkedIn
About John Sisk & Son
Sisk is an innovative, international construction and engineering company. We are experienced in delivering high-quality projects across the UK, Ireland and Europe. With a group turnover of €1.5bn and an industry leading balance sheet, we have the strong financial platform, track record and capacity to be a total solutions provider. In the delivery of complex projects, we work collaboratively with our clients and stakeholders to understand key project drivers, enabling the development of solutions that fulfil these needs and provide best value.
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