The local economy of Sandwich, and the wider Dover district, is set for a significant boost over the next two years with new investment at Discovery Park, and the return of The Open golf championship to the Royal St George’s Golf Club in 2020.
Speaking at a community forum in Sandwich, Toby Hunter, CEO of Discovery Park, outlined the future plans for one of the UK and Europe’s flagship science parks.
“Discovery Park is a national asset and one of the best equipped life sciences facilities in Europe. We’ve got exciting plans to reconfigure and refurbish space to meet the needs of new businesses relocating to Sandwich.
“This includes Building 500, the biggest building on the site, and in which there is strong tenant interest. Our plans for this building include creating a new restaurant in the centre of the building to act as a hub and meeting space.
The wider mixed-use plans for the Discovery Park site include residential and commercial development with a focus on building on the site’s legacy as a global hub for science and innovation, and a vital contributor to the regional and UK economy.”
“We already have planning permission for 500 new homes and we’’ll be submitting a planning application to Dover District Council later this year for new commercial development, including expanding our science offer and providing additional facilities, including a hotel and retail,” said Toby.