2,000 new skilled jobs will be created in the Science and Innovation Park. A further 300 jobs will be created in the garden village in the new schools, shops, healthcare and services as well as supporting roles such as maintenance and landscaping.
This is in addition to retaining a business with a 90-year heritage in Bracknell and safeguarding the existing 850 jobs at the site which generate an annual £40million in salaries, much of which is reinvested in the local area.
Syngenta brings some £200m each year in Research and Development (R&D) inward investment each year. The creation of a world-leading Science and Innovation Park can increase this, attracting new businesses and investment into Bracknell.
The proposed clean growth, technology and science cluster will put Bracknell on the map as a UK centre of excellence, ensuring the region is at the heart of the UK’s Industrial Strategy and addressing the shortage of premium R&D facilities in the country.
Provide a full mix of homes, including starter, family and retirement homes and affordable housing of the right type for Bracknell, as well as housing suitable for people who work at the site and future Science and Innovation Park helping to reduce the need to travel.
Some 115 acres of new green space will be provided, opening the site for all to access and enjoy for the first time. This will include Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) to help alleviate the recreational pressure on the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (SPA).
This new, accessible green space will also provide access to the wider Green Belt and help deliver significant biodiversity benefits.
This will be a genuinely sustainable new community, providing the shops, schools, sports, recreation and leisure facilities required to attract key talent for the businesses within the Science and Innovation Park who value a genuine live / work environment.
It will deliver a new school, with opportunities for exceptional STEM linkages into the businesses within the Science and Innovation Park.
It will also provide an excellent opportunity to deliver strategic improvements to the road network, transform the local public transport network and provide safe walking and cycling opportunities.
Biodiversity net gain will be achieved as part of the proposals. The proposed 115 acres of new green spaces, including the country park and woodland will provide new habitat opportunities.
Innovative technological design and construction for all built form will deliver reductions in energy, water use and design for climate change all within a sustainable live, work, play, thrive environment.
Investment into sustainable transport opportunities will provide safe, convenient and effective green ways to travel for existing and future employees and residents, as well as those living in villages nearby. There will be strong connectivity to rail and Crossrail services.
Sustainable transport initiatives will embrace existing and emerging technologies such as bus on demand and access to e-bikes. The opportunity to live, work and access shops, services and facilities on the site will all reduce the need to travel.
By retaining Syngenta at Jealott’s Hill, future technologies will continue to be developed, through research, that help to feed a growing global population in a more efficient and environmentally conscious way.
The creation of a world-leading Science and Innovation Park will attract clean-tech companies which can develop solutions to tackle pressing environmental issues such as energy efficiency, mitigation and adaption to climate change, water and resource management.
This will be an exemplar development. More information is available on the Environmental Sustainability Page.
A new education facility is proposed.
Syngenta will continue to work with local schools and colleges to help foster future scientists through talks, tours, work experience, apprenticeships through its Science, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) Ambassador network. Companies across the wider Science & Innovation Park will also work, alongside Syngenta, to create stronger linkages between students at all levels (school, college, university) in order to inspire the next generation of STEM students.
We will create education and future science growth through opportunities such as an Innovation Hub – incubator / accelerator space for start-ups and small companies, as well as collaborative space for work with academic partners.