29 September 2017

Work under way on new innovation and enterprise centre at
Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester

Midas has started work on the new Growth Hub in Cirencester at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU).

The two-storey building will be home to the University’s Farm491 business incubation centre aimed at budding agri-tech start-ups, and include part of the Growth Hub business support network being delivered across Gloucestershire by the Gfirst Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

It is being built by Midas Construction, part of Midas Group, on behalf of the RAU and the LEP. A recent ground-breaking ceremony was attended by the project partners, with site preparation work starting in September and the main build project due to get under way in October.

By co-locating the Growth Hub and Farm491, the centre will provide a flexible and supportive environment that encourages links between start-up companies, their more established counterparts and the University and its wider academic community.

The building will feature high quality shared spaces that encourage collaborative working, allowing cross-pollination of new business ventures and ideas.

The 1,342m2 (gross) centre has been designed by Bath-based SRA Architects to sit sympathetically adjacent to the University’s historic campus. It features traditional stone and timber materials commonly found in the Cotswold area, alongside more modern materials such as glass and metal.

Derek Quinn, Executive Director for Midas Construction, said: “This is a prestigious project for Midas which adds to our growing education portfolio. Once complete it will make a huge difference to agricultural technology start-ups and rural-based businesses looking to develop and grow.”

The Growth Hub in Cirencester is expected to be completed by May 2018.

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