Surrey Research Park is pleased to announce that it has become the first dedicated innovation Park nationally to become a member of the Better Buildings Partnership (BBP).
The BBP is a collaboration of the UK’s leading property owners who are working together to improve the sustainability of existing commercial building stock. The aim of the Partnership is to enable market transformation through sustainability leadership and knowledge sharing.
Surrey Research Park, which is wholly owned by the University of Surrey, currently has 600,000ft2 of developed space, set over 70 acres, and is fully let to over 200 innovative companies employing approximately 4500 staff.
Joining the BBP aligns with the Park’s ambition to provide a compelling and sustainable environment for innovation companies to grow, and builds on sustainability leadership from the University of Surrey. In January 2020, the University was one of the first academic institutions nationally to set an ambitious carbon reduction target of net zero by 2030.
Sarah Ratcliffe, CEO, Better Buildings Partnership, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Surrey Research Park to the BBP Membership. They have already demonstrated leadership and a clear ambition to sustainability, and we are very excited to bring them into the collaborative network of BBP members and support them on their sustainability journey.”
Grant Bourhill, CEO, Surrey Research Park, said:
“There is an ever-increasing market demand from businesses, the investment community and Government to support sustainability targets and practices and we recognise the importance of working together, not only in partnership with our customers, but others in industry to enable the transition required. I am delighted we are the first dedicated innovation Park nationally to join the BBP.”
As part of the commitment to sustainability, Surrey Research Park is also a member of the UK Green Building Council and is coordinating a global sustainability subnetwork with the International Association of Science Parks.