Linking Thinking

A longest serving employee and most recent recruit to Sci-Tech Daresbury cut the ribbon to declare the opening of the Science and Innovation Campus’s new Linear Park. Tenants from over 100 high-tech companies based at the site were invited to mark the occasion and celebrate completion of the first phase of the wider Daresbury Park masterplan.

Collaborative sharing of knowledge and the commercial application of scientific research and development between organisations abounds throughout the campus. Planit’s transformational public realm embodies this connectivity and forms an outward expression of the remarkable work and scientific advancement achieved at Sci-Tech Daresbury.

The linear park creates a strong and welcoming gateway, inviting campus users and visitors into a common recreational space whilst enhancing site permeability.  The attractive parkland incorporates tranquil spaces for meetings and relaxation beside active spaces for fitness, along a linear route leading to a new square; the unifying heart of the community.

Replacing a former roundabout, the new square embodies campus-wide collaboration through the playful and artistic exploration of light as the source of scientific enlightenment. Refraction of white light through a prism disperses colours to form a visible spectrum of red, yellow, green, blue and violet. A garden associated with each colour punctuates the linear pathway, featuring a series of artworks by Broadbent Studio. Stephen Broadbent’s intricate installations crafted in glass, stone and steel are integrated into the shaped landscape, exploring elemental to advanced scientific understanding.

The Linear Park forms part of the long-term development of Daresbury Park site by Sci-Tech Daresbury, a public and private sector joint venture between the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Halton Borough Council and the property developer and investor, Langtree. Planit developed the Linear Park proposals in creative collaboration with Broadbent Studio, and the works were realised by the Contractor, Galliford Try. We have also worked with Architects Sheppard Robson on the new Techspace and wider masterplan.