Bold plans ensure the future of park
Phase two for Eureka is ambitious as park grows to accommodate 7,000 staff
MAJOR plans which include a health centre, nursery, shop and pub at Ashford’s expanding science park have now been approved by councillors.
A takeaway, bookmaker and coffee shop are also included in the plans for the second phase of the Eureka Science Park, just off Junction 9 of the M20.
There will also be 120 parking spaces, including six bays for disabled people.
Work is expected to start straight away on the three-storey glass building, the Herald, which will provide more than 34,000 sq ft of office accommodation and is due for completion in December 2007.
Councillors gave the development the thumbs up at a meeting of the planning committee which was held last Wednesday. The facilities will cater for the 7,000 people who are expected to work at Eureka Science Park when it is completed.
Main access to the centre will be through Trinity Road.
The first phase of the new development, Northdown, is due to be completed in April.
Some 34 per cent of the total office space has been sold so far.
Economic development manager for Ashford Borough Council, Andrew Osborne, said: “When complete, Eureka Park could have a work day population of approximately 7,000 people, many of whom will want to use the local shops and facilities.
“The proposals put forward will be an integral part of a successful and vibrant Eureka Park.”
An impression how Eureka Science Park will look