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  • £17.8m

    Project value

  • 42,000 sq ft

    speculative grade A office

  • 332

    full time equivalent jobs supported

A catalyst for growth and a hive of excitement for innovative businesses of all sizes


  • Delivered to the highest energy efficiency standards, for dynamic, forward-thinking science and technology-focused businesses.
  • To encompass two buildings (V2 and V3) providing 12,000 sq ft each and one building (V1) of 18,000 sq ft.

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Our commercial, office space and laboratory experts are delivering the £17.8m Project Violet development at Sci-Tech Daresbury, a world class location for high-tech business and leading-edge science.

The building will comprise 42,000 sq ft of speculative grade A office and innovation space, coupled with the highest energy efficiency standards, for dynamic, forward thinking science and technology focused businesses.

The project will encompass two buildings (V2 and V3) providing 12,000 sq ft each and one building (V1) of 18,000 sq ft. Each building will provide floor plates of around 4,100 to 6,150 sq ft and as part of the work there will be major landscaping improvements around the Sci-Tech Daresbury campus.

The progression of the Project Violet development underlines the Sci-Tech Daresbury joint venture’s commitment to the future prosperity of the Liverpool City Region and wider North West through meeting the market demand for high-quality workspace for high growth science, technology and innovation-led businesses that are attracted to the area’s unrivalled ecosystem of private and public sector business support, academia and transport connectivity.

The project is set to complete by the end of 2021 and is expected to create or support 332 full time equivalent jobs.

Speaking about Project Violet, Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:

“Our region is very lucky to have Sci-Tech Daresbury, home to some world-leading businesses and research organisations who are doing some incredible work in the fields of science, technology and industries of the future.
“We’ve invested £8.4m to help the site continue to grow and succeed, and to ensure that we’re able to offer the world class facilities to keep attracting new businesses and jobs to the area. This project alone is expected to create hundreds of local jobs.
“Retaining as many businesses, jobs and investment as possible, while attracting more will be really important in helping our region recover from the economic effects of this pandemic, but we’re already making a start.”

John Downes, Chief Executive Officer of Langtree and Chairman of Sci-Tech Daresbury, said:

“The ground-breaking ceremony and funding confirmation mark two important milestones for not just Project Violet but also the development of the wider campus. These new buildings are a pivotal addition to the site, and will allow us to provide a home for more innovative businesses of all different sizes, from dynamic start-ups to established global firms.
“We’re currently seeing strong demand for workspace from businesses developing products and services that will help the economy forward in years to come, and we’re therefore proud to continue to develop our site to cater to this requirement. We’re very appreciative of the Mayor and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority for their support in helping us take the project forward.
“Willmott Dixon is undertaking its work in a conscientious and meticulous manner – both in terms of the stringent safety precautions on site and its approach to social value. We look forward to working closely with the team during the construction process on initiatives that will have a real benefit for local people in terms of skills and employment.”

Paul Vernon, head of STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory said:

“Science and technology are proven drivers of essential growth, creating jobs and opportunities for collaboration and attracting investment. The Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Daresbury Laboratory, one of only two National Laboratories and part of UK Research and Innovation, has a pivotal role to play in this both regionally and nationally.
“The hugely exciting Project Violet, combined with flexible access to UKRI’s globally significant facilities and expertise available here to businesses, will continue to make Sci-Tech Daresbury unique, attractive and relevant for the challenges the country is facing. Through this next exciting milestone in its development, Sci-Tech Daresbury will continue to champion technology and innovation, while supporting the growing demand from businesses from across the North West and beyond.”

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