A Bit About Oxford Science Park
Oxford Science Park was opened in 1991 by then Prime Minister John Major. It is owned and managed by the prestigious Magdalen College Oxford. The Magdalen Centre was the first building to open at the park. The rich history and heritage of Magdalen College can be seen throughout the science park, with many buildings and roads named after famous science alumni. One example is The Schrodinger Building – a state of the art 61,500 sq. ft office and laboratory building opened in 2018 which is named after Nobel prize-winning physicist Edwin Schrodinger.
Plans are in place to expand the Science Park in the next three to five years, adding a further 300,000 sq. ft of office and laboratory space. More than 100 companies have a base at Oxford Science Park, with a total of around 3,500 employees.
Location and Travel
Oxford Science Park is around five miles from Oxford city centre. Visitors travelling by road from the north can use the M40 junction 9, while visitors from London use M40 junction 8. For those travelling by bus, the 3A bus runs a service from Oxford City Centre to the science park. The Park also has a partnership in place with the Oxford Bus Company for a ‘Pick Me Up’ minibus service.
There is a railway station in Park End Street, Oxford, which has regular services from many major cities, as well as London Paddington and London Marylebone. A taxi is the best way to travel between Oxford Science Park and the station.
Food and drink are available in two main locations at The Oxford Science Park – the Sadler Building and The Magdalen Centre. The Sadler Bar has a bar and brasserie and a deli, while The Magdalen Centre includes a café. Right at the centre of the Science Park is The Old Station Nursery. There are other amenities within a 10-minute walk from the Science Park, centred around Grenoble Road. This includes the Park Club Oxford, which boasts a gym, swimming pool and leisure centre, Vue Cinema, two hotels- Holiday Inn Express and Hampton by Hilton and The Kassam Stadium, home to Oxford United FC.
Oxford Retail Park, in the Cowley area of the city and within a 10-minute drive from the Science Park, has big-name stores including M&S, Boots and Next. There is also a large Sainsbury’s in Heyford Hill, Littlemore.
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