Building consultancy turns into newest new arrival at Plymouth Science Park

Job created after MBO at South West construction consultancy

A construction company that renovated hospital wards during the worst of the Covid pandemic is the latest to move into Plymouth Science Park.

After a successful year of business growth, Bates Development Services Ltd (BDS) has joined the thriving business community in the park in north Plymouth.

BDS was founded in 2018 by the experienced volume appraiser and project manager Tom Bates and specializes in tailor-made construction advice in the areas of health, education, trade and housing.

BDS, which has moved out of the Widewell neighborhood, played an important role in Plymouth’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, assisting the Plymouth NHS Trust and Derriford Hospital University Hospitals in times of extreme pressure by renovating wards to add extra capacity for intensive and acute care patients.

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The move to the Science Park offers BDS a decisive step forward and an increased regional presence to fuel further growth within a community of synergetic companies and support services already based in the park.

Tom Bates, General Manager of BDS, said, “I am delighted to have joined the network of companies at Plymouth Science Park and to be part of their supportive and thriving community.

“The whole team in the park was so friendly and the environment in the park is really geared towards achieving our business goals.”

Fay Davies, Business Development Manager at Plymouth Science Park, said: “We are working closely with the Plymouth NHS University Hospitals Trust and are excited to welcome Bates to the park so they can continue to provide tailored support to our hospital neighbor and other laboratory operations , especially in dealing with the requirements of Covid. “

BDS’s move is the latest in a spate of newcomers to the Science Park in 2021, following the arrivals in June of Complete Communication, a company that provides specialized services to assist disabled and deaf people across the UK.

Also in June, the NHS Peninsula Clinical Genetics Service moved in shortly after the arrival of leading global semiconductor company X-FAB, which sends its highly skilled design and development engineers from its research and development team to Plymouth Science Park.

In May, recruiting firm Nurses Direct moved in, as did global design, engineering and project management consultancy Atkins. Recently, the NHS SW Peninsula Transplant Service (SWPTS) laboratory team decided to process stem cell transplants for the park near Derriford Hospital.

That arrival followed global tech company Genese Solution, which moved its UK headquarters from London to Plymouth to support ambitious growth plans.

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Other new additions to the park include US-based Ancora Software and digital design agency Knowthis, who have arrived in the park’s special formation zone for startups.

In February 2021, pioneering drug company Amprologix, a spin-out from the University of Plymouth, settled in the park after the addition of data technology company Gathering Momentum and toothpaste research company Modus Laboratories.

PSP, originally called Tamar Science Park, was founded in 1996 as a joint venture between the University of Plymouth and the Plymouth City Council.

More than £ 30 million in investments, including ERDF, SWRDA and HotSW-LEP grants, have funded five separate phases of development since 1996.

PSP’s board of directors is made up of senior officials from Plymouth City Council. including the elected chairman of the council and the University of Plymouth and three independent non-executive directors. The 25 acre campus is home to science and technology companies operating in the digital, creative, marine, earth and life sciences.