Plans Unveiled for Hartpury University and College Agro-Tech Innovation Firm’s New Tech Box Park GFirst LEP
Hartpury continues to shape the future of digital agriculture, as plans to build the second phase of its pioneering digital innovation farm are announced.
The construction of a new Farm Tech Box digital innovation park will allow Hartpury to further develop its 360 hectare campus and expand its range of agricultural facilities to meet global demand for new agricultural technologies.
Due to launch later this year, the Tech Box Park will create a new kind of workspace dedicated to the growth and development of Gloucestershire agribusiness businesses.
The £ 2million facility will provide dedicated workspace and support packages, access to Hartpury Farm and an extensive agricultural network for field trials and feasibility testing across the county where companies can explore, test, research and develop new products or improve existing products.
Russell Marchant, Vice-Chancellor of Hartpury University and Director of Hartpury College, said: “We are delighted that the next phase of our 10-year strategic vision to provide world-class agricultural facilities, education and research in Hartpury is in progress.
“This revolutionary new facility will combine our commercial farm and strong industrial relationships with agricultural technology companies to meet the inevitable challenges of a robotic future.”
Funding for the Tech Box Park was provided by the GFirst LEP Getting Building Fund, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Elizabeth Creak Charitable Trust.
David Owen, Managing Director of GFirst LEP, Gloucestershire’s local business partnership, said: “GFirst LEP is delighted to support this cutting edge and exciting project at Hartpury University and Hartpury College.
“The project received £ 1.25million from the Getting Building Fund to create a new innovation and demonstration workspace for high-growth SMEs in Gloucestershire.
“Hartpury has proven to be a fantastic partner to work with and this project will lead the work to increase productivity in this important sector for the county.”
Designed and manufactured by ISO Spaces, an award-winning designer and manufacturer of modular building and container conversions, the 10x40ft High-Cube Tech Box units will be created using eco-friendly and recycled wood-lined shipping containers. of cedar.
Ben Treleaven, Managing Director of ISO Spaces, said: “We are delighted to bring Hartpury’s sea container conversion project to life and look forward to delivering and installing the five bespoke containers at the heart of the farm. Hartpury commercial.
Nick Abell, Director of the Elizabeth Creak Charitable Trust, said: “As a charity dedicated to the future of agriculture, agricultural research and education, we want to support the creation of spaces agro-technologies that stimulate change and solve problems for the benefit of the agro-technological and food production industries at large.
“By funding Hartpury’s groundbreaking Digital Innovation Farm Tech Box Park initiative, we are championing collaboration between industry, Hartpury University and College, and the next generation of farmers.
“We are all working together on Her Majesty’s Government’s vision for the UK to become a world leader in agricultural technology, innovation and sustainability.”
The first Digital Innovation Farm Tech Box Park unit was booked by Novazera, a UK company that creates alternative products in biodegradable plastic and revolutionary antiviral and bacterial coatings.
Novazera intends to use his residency as a technology-sharing opportunity between the company and Hartpury University to research, develop and test new products and technologies and be at the forefront of “Making Life More”. safe ”for Gloucestershire, UK and beyond.
A spokesperson for Novazera said: “The academic and agro-technological staff and students of the university provide a perfect partnership opportunity for both organizations, and we look forward to developing more learning opportunities, as well. as innovative products and solutions.