Next step for Dock 2 at Leicester’s Pioneer Park

PLANS submitted for Dock 2 – which will provide grow-on workspace for hi-tech businesses at Leicester’s Pioneer Park reveal a modular based solution arranged to accentuate the identity of each unit.

A simple twist in the arrangement of the modules creates a variety of views and spaces, including side terraces and overhangs. The building will be constructed from folded anodized aluminium panels that will reflect the surroundings and provide a dynamic façade that complements the original Dock (and other buildings in the area).

The building is being designed to meet a BREEAM Excellent rating. Subject to planning permission, work on the £4m building could get under way in early 2017 – and its first tenants will be moving in 12 months later.

“Our ambition is to establish Pioneer Park as a hub for technology and knowledge-based industries, encouraging enterprise and creating jobs,” said City Mayor Peter Soulsby.

“The success of Dock, which is home to more than 42 hi-tech small businesses, gives us a good base on which to build.

“Dock 2 will be a key piece in the jigsaw, providing flexible grow-on space for technology businesses, right next door to the thriving community at Dock.”

Leicester-based rg+p Ltd has been contracted as project managers and quantity surveyors, with Idom appointed as the lead consultant, architect, and Engineers.

Mitch Dale, director at rg+p Ltd commented: “It’s pleasing to reach the next stage with Dock 2 and begin to visualise the new building in its surroundings. We’re confident it will provide a top quality facility for Leicester’s aspirational science and technology businesses.”

Idom’s Javier Quintana, the architectural director said “Dock 2 is a very exciting project for us to be involved in and will help establish this area as a hub for innovative new businesses and developing technologies. We are aiming for the design to produce a building of which Leicester will be proud.”

The development of Dock 2 – which would provide 12 units – would be supported with funding from Leicester City Council.

The city council plans to build Dock 2 on a brownfield site between the original Dock – which has provided a base for technology businesses since 2013 – and the National Space Centre.

Subject to planning permission and the purchase of the site from the Homes & Communities Agency, construction work could get under way in the New Year.