Agri-tech park due for development

A new Cambridgeshire-based agri-tech park is to be developed to provide land for crop trials, demonstration plots and rentable business space, bringing together existing and emerging companies from across the agri-tech, technology and science sectors.

The 220-hectare site is due to open in five years and could accommodate up to 4,000 employees. The project is a joint venture between grower-Russell Smith Farms and investment company, Hill Commercial Investment.

Plans have been submitted for the new development, named ARC,

Emma Fletcher, managing director at SmithsonHill, said: “Cambridge has firmly established itself as one of Europe’s leading destinations for technology and bioscience, but despite the regions strength in these sectors, the UK AgriTech industry has been woefully undersupplied until now.

“Our world-leading AgriTech park will fuse farming with science and technology, providing unmatched flexible space including laboratories, workshops, office accommodation and incubator units, as well as adjacent land critical for crop and technology trials. Our ultimate aim is to develop a unique environment in which businesses can thrive, and where we will develop and deliver ground-breaking innovations to assist crop production and yield, minimising both input and cost and reducing global food waste.”