A cyber-oriented tech startup campus will be next to GCHQ
Since the establishment of GCHQ in the UK in the 1950's, the city has attracted large firms like IBM, Raytheon, Microsoft and BAE Systems to the region, and startups like Truststamp, Bamboo Technologies, Ripjar, Hub8 and CyNAM have emerged from the city. When you have these kinds of organizations floating around, the talent that gravitates to such a place is drawn to these firms. Given that talent has been thrown to the four winds and is looking for better lifestyles and more access to nature, it seems that the city of Cheltenham is trying to more closely target entrepreneurs, investors and startups.
It will leverage its association with GCHQ. The goal of the land purchase was to maximize the potential of the technology community. Factory and Henry Boot Developments were selected as the preferred bidder by the council after a year-long process.
It would make it one of the biggest tech startup campuses in Europe if it were to grow to 200 hectares. Factory, which developed tech campuses in Berlin and Lisbon, will partner with the council to create a new project called Golden Valley. The development is projected to add 12,000 new jobs, 2 million square feet of offices and 3,700 new homes, and will be drawn on the Garden City status, which was established in the late 19th century.
Jeremy Bamberg, who will be leading the project locally for Factory, said that it was a once-in-a-lifetime project. We are working to transform the area into Europe's most intelligent Garden District by embracing tech, nature and innovation. The factory will be the first step of the project.
The architecture and design of the Berlin and Lisbon projects will be led by the recently joined Factory. Tim Atkins from the council said that they were looking for a partner to help make their plans a reality. The goals and how they will be transformed into a living, breathing entity right here in Cheltenham that has a positive impact locally, whilst being a key part of the global cyber sector were shown to us byHBD and Factory.
The image was uploaded to www.mir.no. There is a factory in the town of Cheltenham."