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New home for agritech entrepreneurs opens at Royal Agricultural University

Last week, we were thrilled to attend the opening of one of our latest projects, the centre for regional business and agritech innovation at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester.

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The Alliston Centre is named after the late Professor John Alliston, who was Emeritus Professor of Agriculture at the RAU. Half of the building is destined to be used by Farm491 and the rest will be home to the Cirencester Growth Hub, supporting local enterprises expand and create employment in the area. The 15,000 sqft building is now in operation with the aim of creating a collaborative community for businesses to thrive.

Dr Diane Savory OBE, Chair GFirst LEP, said:

“Back in 2013 we came up with the original concept of a Growth Hub network offering business support right across the county. To now see the first of these new Hubs open its doors, in a brand new building that has the wow factor both inside and out, makes me very proud.”

HRH the Prince of Wales, President of the RAU, recorded a video message, played at the launch, to mark the occasion. In it, he said:

“The Alliston Centre will build on the RAU’s success, by providing students and people living in the area with the necessary stepping stone to develop their business ideas. It is a great example of a university working closely with a Local Enterprise Partnership.”

View the video from The Prince of Wales on the RAU website.

View some photos of the day below, and if you would like more information, be sure to follow @SRA_Architects and @growthhubciren