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Exeter Science Park continues to invest in its high-quality office and lab space with the £350,000 refurbishment of one of its flagship buildings.

The net zero carbon Ada Lovelace building, which boasts an A+ energy performance rating and is BREEAM excellent, has undergone the improvement works following the departure of the Environment Agency (EA) from the Park.

The EA joined the Exeter Science Park community during the pandemic where it played an important role in identifying new outbreaks of covid through the testing of wastewater samples from across the UK.

To enable the EA to begin its vital covid testing work, the completion of the Ada Lovelace building, along with the installation of a covid analysis lab, was accelerated and it was completed in March 2021. Following the agency’s departure, the building has been refurbished, making it ready to cater for the needs of the science and technology related companies moving to the park on the edge of Exeter.

In addition to the work on the Ada Lovelace Building, the Science Park has doubled its broadband capacity to improve services for its growing community of businesses and organisations. Work has also begun on the development of the new voco Zeal Hotel at the Science Park. Construction, which is currently ahead of schedule, is eight weeks into a 75-week programme.

Jason Buck, senior business development manager at Exeter Science Park, said: “The work of the Environment Agency in responding to the pandemic from their labs at Exeter Science Park has now come to an end. We’re proud of the part we played in supporting them to do this vital work during the pandemic.

“Following the agency’s departure, we have invested to create a building which really now is as good as when it was first built, providing very high-quality labs or office space. It would be perfect for businesses or organisations in life sciences, healthcare, medical, digital and the built environment, to name just a few.”

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