Topping Out ceremony marks exciting progress at the Royal Agricultural University

Our design for a new structure at the Royal Agriculture University (RAU), Cirencester campus, reached a milestone recently as a ‘topping out’ ceremony took place on-site.  The building is shaping up to provide vital support to a range of businesses when it completes and opens later in the year.  

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One floor will be used by Farm491, the RAU’s expanding agritech innovation and incubation hub. Opened in 2016, Farm491 offers an affordable and flexible co-working environment for entrepreneurs looking to set up businesses which use technology to improve sustainable food production. As well as providing its members with office space, workshops and business support, there is also access to 491 hectares of farmland for research and testing. This new building adds to its current RAU sites at Trent Lodge and Harnhill.

The new structure will also be home to the Cirencester Growth Hub, an initiative which will help boost the county’s economy by assisting local businesses, of all sizes and from all sectors, to accelerate growth, create new jobs and achieve their potential.

We are delighted to work with a forward-thinking client who is helping a huge range of businesses and bringing development to the local rural economy. This pioneering project aims to set the tone for a growing and much needed industry to thrive.

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To find out more about the Growth Hub network and how your business may be able to benefit from the development around this new building, visit For more information about Farm491 and the work being done to grow agritech innovation, visit