Work begins on £2 million Digital Innovation Farm Tech Box Park

Work has begun to build a £2 million digital innovation centre for Gloucestershire agri-tech firms at Hartpury College and Hartpury University.

Spades have gone in the ground to mark the start of building work to create a £2 million agri-tech centre at Hartpury College and Hartpury University’s Gloucestershire 360-hectare campus.

The Digital Innovation Farm Tech Box Park will aim to provide not just space, but business support to help the county’s emerging and exciting cluster of agri-tech businesses grow.

Designed and manufactured by ISO Spaces, the new centre will feature five 16-foot by 40-foot cedar-clad shipping containers, and is a project made possible by funding from GFirst LEP, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Elizabeth Creak Charitable Trust.

Russell Marchant, vice-chancellor of the university and principal of the college, said: ‘This new ground-breaking facility will combine our agricultural campus, commercial farm and strong industry connections with agri-technology companies to address the inevitable challenges of a digitally driven future.’

David Owen, chief executive of GFirst LEP, said: ‘The project has received funding of £1.25m from the Getting Building Fund to create new innovation and demonstration workspace for high growth SMEs in Gloucestershire.’

Hartpury has appointed Gloucester-based Vitruvius Management Services to manage the project through construction to handover.

The Tech Box Park is due to open later in 2021.

By Andrew Merrell

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Friday 24 September 2021

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