State-of-the-art innovation centre opens in Utrecht
cepezed creates flexible workspace for biotech businesses
The opening ceremony has taken place for state-of-the-art R&D innovation centre, The Accelerator, designed by Tendestream member cepezed for Kadans Science Partner. Located at the Utrecht Science Park in the Netherlands, the new multi-tenant building will welcome leading biotechnology organisations alongside business looking to scale up and accelerate their development.
The new building, which comprises more than 22,000 sq m, provides space for office functions together with laboratories, an 250-seat auditorium, meet & greet facilities, a car park, conference centre, and a restaurant in the transparent plinth. cepezed also designed the adjacent Genmab R&D Centre, which is physically connected to the new building via an aerial bridge. The overall design was inspired by the missions of Genmab and Merus, firms that will occupy the building and aim to improving patients’ quality of life through innovative therapies.
Accelerator has carefully detailed communal areas and features abundant natural light in order to create a pleasant, healthy working environment. The floor-to-ceiling plant wall in the atrium is an eye-catcher, with another of Accelerator's most attractive details found between the Genmab floors: a spiral staircase made from thin, white-coated sheet steel. Efficient use of materials, in combination with 420 solar panels on the roof, water-saving toilets, parking spaces with charging points, heat pumps, and the inclusion of an aquiver (heat storage), has ensured that the building has been certified BREEAM Excellent.
Johan van Gerven, Kadans Science Partner director & head of development, stated: “In order to encourage optimal cooperation within the organisations, we have deliberately chosen flexible floor plans, allowing laboratories and offices of different sizes and locations to be created in consultation with the tenants. We enthusiastically look forward to the collaborations and partnerships resulting from this special development.”