Latest phase of Parkside reaches practical completion

  • Date

    Mon 19 Feb 24

Photo of the outside of the latest phase of Parkside

We've unveiled a new addition to Parkside, our hub for business and innovation, which is now home to the eastern region's largest new office facility of its kind.

Located on the Knowledge Gateway Research and Technology Park, the 41,571 sq. ft. office complex, which is already 25% let, has just reached practical completion. The prestigious Parkside 3A development offers a host of new possibilities for businesses seeking high quality workspace and advanced facilities.

Ewan Dodds of Whybrow, joint agent for the Parkside project with Carter Jonas, commented: "Parkside represents the pinnacle of modern architecture and business innovation, offering a range of flexible spaces to suit diverse business needs, from single suites from 2,000 sq. ft to single floors of just under 11,000 sq. ft."

Ben Le Coq of Carter Jonas added: "The strategic location near major transport links like London Stansted Airport and major regional cities positions Parkside as an ideal hub for businesses targeting regional expansion from a high quality and energy efficient building."

James Wilson, Director and General Manager at R G Carter, the main contractor for the new building, said: “We are delighted to have worked in partnership with the University of Essex to deliver this exciting flexible office development on its ever-growing campus.

“We look forward to seeing the positive impact the completed project will now have in supporting future business and wider economic growth in the county.”

University Registrar Bryn Morris said: “This is a stunning landmark building which will provide a fantastic base for companies keen to move onto our Knowledge Gateway research and technology park and join our thriving business community.

“The completion of the building also marks an exciting new era for the Knowledge Gateway. From this spring the ground floor will be home to our Public Health and Wellbeing Hub, which will deliver new services for the public in partnership with the NHS, drive forward our research agenda and offer fantastic new training opportunities.”

The new office building is equipped with premium amenities including 24-hour CCTV, advanced air conditioning systems, passenger lifts, and showers. It also proudly boasts a ‘very good’ BREEAM rating and an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of A, underscoring its commitment to environmental performance and making it a highly attractive option for sustainability-conscious businesses.

In addition, Parkside offers an optional concierge service, on-site parking, and access to an outstanding-rated children’s nursery. It is also near the 18th-century Wivenhoe House Hotel, which provides excellent facilities for business dining or accommodation.

For more information about Parkside and the Knowledge Gateway, visit

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