Glasshouse, Alderley Park’s new hub for tech companies and forward thinking, innovative businesses has officially opened.
It’s the ideal location for digital and tech businesses looking to work closely and collaboratively with some of the UK’s leading life science start-ups and scale-ups that are already located at the Park’s Mereside campus.
The 150,000 sq ft building offers high quality, collaborative workspace providing the much in demand space for companies working in areas such as big data, data analytics and AI which are playing an increasingly key role in drug discovery.
Glasshouse’s central atrium provides a range of co-working, networking and meeting spaces that are designed to inspire the exchange of knowledge and sharing of ideas.
A range of other space options and flexible layouts are also available in the building allowing every business located there to flourish and expand easily as they grow.
Set in idyllic surroundings in the heart of the 400-acre Park, Glasshouse is located next to the new gym and sports complex and is surrounded by a number of scenic walking, running and cycling routes.
The park also offers up to 100Gb connectivity, meaning businesses within Glasshouse can access next-generation, ultra-fast Wi-Fi and be instantly connected.
A new pub and restaurant are set to open in the spring.
Dr Kath Mackay, managing director of Alderley Park, said: “Historically renowned as being home to one of the UK’s pre-eminent life science campuses, the arrival of Glasshouse signifies Alderley Park as a leading destination for innovative tech businesses too.
“Glasshouse offers everything from coworking to small and larger offices, making it ideal for entrepreneurs and start-ups as well as fast-growing and larger businesses.
“The convergence of digital technologies with drug discovery is one of the most radical trends in life science of recent years.
“This unique approach to locating life science and tech businesses in close proximity will help to drive the collaboration needed to inspire the developments and discoveries of the future.”
The family-friendly event was a mini-version of ‘bluedot’, the annual science and music festival held at nearby Jodrell Bank.
Visitors enjoyed yoga, an interactive treasure hunt, lessons on how to fly a drone, as well as a range of locally sourced food and drink.
About Alderley Park
Alderley Park is where world leading, science, innovation and stylish living come together to create a place like no other.
Acquired by Bruntwood in 2014 and currently undergoing a £247m investment, Alderley Park is home to the internationally-recognised Mereside bioscience campus managed by Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP).
The campus which offers more than a million square feet of high specification lab space, a dedicated incubator, range of scientific services and a comprehensive programme of business support for start-ups and scale-ups is home to a vibrant and fast growing community of over 60 established companies with a further 150 pre-start businesses based at the park.
The newly re-developed 150,000 sq ft Glasshouse offers state of the art workspace ideal for digital tech businesses.
Alderley Park is also home to a wide range of amenities including a conference centre complete with a 232-seat auditorium and meeting rooms, restaurant, gym and outdoor sports pitches.
The park also benefits from unrivalled 100Gb connectivity, Enterprise Zone status, and is part of the Cheshire Science Corridor.
Easy to reach by road, rail and air – the North’s global gateway Manchester Airport is less than a 30-minute drive, whilst a dedicated shuttle bus serves local train stations.