The Future – a 21st Century Workplace

The vision is to create an open campus which will bring people together to innovate. A cluster for agri-tech and clean growth skills and facilities, it will make Bracknell a world leading centre of R&D excellence and new, exportable skills and knowledge.

BioSTaR Consultation Launched

Syngenta has launched a public consultation regarding proposals for a Biological Science Technology and Research (BioSTaR) building at Jealott's Hill International Research Centre.To see the proposed building click here.

The Biological Centre of Excellence for Syngenta would provide 9,500 sqm of laboratory, small scale up and digital facilities to enable cutting-edge research and development (R&D) to deliver solutions that enable sustainable food production and help meet the global challenge of improving the environmental performance of farming.

It will bring together different scientific fields, providing modern and flexible lab space specifically designed to increase collaborative innovation to deliver more nutritious high yielding crops, with reduced use of chemicals, land and resources, helping tackle climate change and grow food more sustainably.

It is proposed to locate BioSTaR on the site of a former greenhouse. It would replace existing ageing facilities at the site and would be used by scientists already employed at Jealott’s Hill. The BioSTaR development is dependent on an adopted Local Plan enabling the delivery of the wider Science & Innovation Park and garden village ecosystem.

This would be a circa £60million private sector investment into Bracknell, paid for by Syngenta. A high-quality development, the design team is looking at the pathways to low to net zero carbon. Syngenta’s business is committed to reducing climate change through Research & Development and any new facilities would support that goal.

As well as showcasing world-leading science in Bracknell and providing collaborative opportunities for our scientists, BioSTaR will also provide a good base for the STEM outreach projects Syngenta undertakes with local schools, universities and apprenticeships and will build on the current programmes underway at Jealott’s Hill.

The consultation can be accessed via which provides background to the proposals and visuals and comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions. Respondents can ask questions via the dedicated surveys/polls where feedback about the BioSTaR building can also be provided..

Improving the innovation environment

The Science and Innovation Park will secure the future of Jealott’s Hill International Research Centre.

It will create an important destination for companies, academic partners and wider organisations to find technical solutions to key global environmental challenges such as energy efficiency, mitigation and adaption to climate change, water and resource management, food security and the replacement of plastics - all of which are highlighted as key priorities for Government.

This Science and Innovation Park will provide an inspirational and innovative eco-system at the heart of the garden village. It would be designed to:

  • Create a much-needed critical mass of expertise, workspace and facilities – providing a clustering destination for the growth of clean-tech businesses, which is at the core of the UK Government’s Clean Growth pillar of its Industrial Strategy
  • Become a UK Centre of Excellence for exporting skills, knowledge and innovation across sectors as diverse as big data, remote sensing, satellite/drone technology, artificial intelligence and other new technologies
  • Deliver high quality and healthy commercial space designed to address the shortage of premium Research & Development and innovation facilities to meet demand, particularly outside Oxford and Cambridge
  • Provide facilities which will attract new science partners and other adjacent industries beyond agri-tech in the broader field of life sciences, environmental management, clean energy, digital and material science - this will support the national interest in the growth and innovation of exportable technologies
  • Provide access to world class technologies which can only be delivered through clustering opportunities
  • Secure and create new job opportunities at Jealott’s Hill for the long term, delivering economic benefits of employment in accordance with Government economic policy, international competitiveness and sustainable growth policy
  • Create education and future science growth through opportunities such as an Innovation Hub – incubator / accelerator space for start-ups and small companies and collaborative space for work with academic partners
  • Provide the inspiration for students to study STEM research and undertake apprenticeships, raising aspirations for science careers in new, exciting and high-tech facilities set within a sustainable new settlement
  • Deliver highly innovative technological design and construction for all built form, delivering reductions in energy, water use, carbon and making efficient use of resources
  • Boost the post-Brexit economy by attracting globally significant science and technology investment

The Science and Innovation Park will attract and retain a diverse skilled workforce. They will benefit from a unique sustainable live-work environment, with attractive homes and facilities such as education, healthcare, shops and services within the garden village.

Find out more about the proposed Science and Innovation Park by watching this film.