Mi­das touch sees new Growth Hub launched at uni­ver­sity

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MI­DAS Con­struc­tion and the Royal Agri­cul­tural Uni­ver­sity are cel­e­brat­ing the com­ple­tion of a new build­ing that will sup­port both lo­cal and agritech busi­nesses.

Work is now com­plete on the new £4.2 mil­lion Al­lis­ton Cen­tre which is based at the RAU’S Cirences­ter cam­pus. The Mi­das site team, the Uni­ver­sity and project part­ners were thrilled to see the cen­tre be­gin op­er­a­tion this sum­mer.

The new build­ing houses two ini­tia­tives which will pro­vide vi­tal sup­port for a range of busi­nesses.

Farm491 oc­cu­pies one floor. This is the RAU’S ex­pand­ing agritech in­no­va­tion and in­cu­ba­tion hub, which also has bases at ex­ist­ing RAU sites at Trent Lodge and Harn­hill.

The other floor is home to the Cirences­ter Growth Hub, an ini­tia­tive that will help boost the county’s econ­omy by as­sist­ing lo­cal busi­ness to ac­cel­er­ate growth, cre­ate new jobs and achieve their po­ten­tial.

The cen­tre was de­signed by Bath-based SRA Ar­chi­tects and fea­tures tra­di­tional stone and wood ma­te­ri­als found in the Cotswolds area, which blends in with the aes­thetic of the ex­ist­ing his­toric uni­ver­sity cam­pus.

Mi­das Con­struc­tion also in­stalled hard land­scap­ing, cy­cle stor­age and car park­ing along­side the build­ing.

Derek Quinn, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for Mi­das Con­struc­tion, part of the Mi­das Group, said: “This has been an ex­cit­ing scheme for us to be part of and one where we have been very aware of the im­por­tance of the project for the Uni­ver­sity and the wider op­por­tu­ni­ties for growth of the lo­cal econ­omy.

“The in­ten­tion for the cen­tre was to cre­ate an in­spi­ra­tional en­vi­ron­ment for the busi­nesses which will use it and we are very proud to have de­liv­ered a won­der­ful build­ing which meets these as­pi­ra­tions.”

Pro­fes­sor Joanna Price, Vice-chan­cel­lor of the Royal Agri­cul­tural Uni­ver­sity, said: “En­trepreneur­ship and in­no­va­tion are at the heart of the RAU.

“From work­ing with stu­dents to de­velop their busi­ness ideas, to de­liv­er­ing large-scale trans­for­ma­tional projects such as the Al­lis­ton Cen­tre, our mis­sion is to en­hance both the re­gional econ­omy and the health of the in­dus­tries we serve na­tion­wide.

“Bring­ing to­gether agritech in­no­va­tors and re­gional busi­nesses un­der one roof is such an ex­cit­ing project, and one we couldn’t have achieved with­out our part­ner­ship with Gfirst LEP and by work­ing with the Uni­ver­sity of Glouces­ter­shire, which has al­ready de­vel­oped a suc­cess­ful Growth Hub.”

David Owen, CEO, Gfirst LEP, said: “The orig­i­nal Growth Hub in Lon­glevens, Glouces­ter, in part­ner­ship with the Uni­ver­sity of Glouces­ter­shire, opened its doors in 2014 and has worked with more tjan 2,000 busi­nesses since then. To now see the first of these new Hubs open its doors, in a brand new build­ing that has the wow fac­tor both in­side and out, makes me very proud.”

The build­ing at the RAU

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