26 July 2017
Cefas (The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of its Lowestoft Headquarters site on Monday, as the world leader in marine science looks to build on its 115-year marine science heritage.
The proposed new modern and environmentally friendly building will help Cefas and its parent body Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) meet the rapidly changing requirements required to remain at the forefront of a new century of marine science.
The proposal seeks to replace existing buildings which have proven increasingly inefficient and expensive to maintain. The planned new facilities will create greater opportunities for collaboration and innovation amongst the organisation's employees, local marine and research networks and the international scientific community.
The proposals for the new modern facilities and wider plans for the site were submitted to Waveney District Council on Monday, 24th July.
Tom Karsten, Cefas Chief Executive said of the proposal:
"Cefas has played an important role in the UK's marine history over the past 115 years.
The proposed redevelopment of our Lowestoft Headquarters will provide our scientists with the modern facilities needed to ensure we remain at the forefront of international marine science and technology as we seek to meet future challenges in developing sustainable marine economies and a healthy marine environment."
1) Cefas is primarily based at its Lowestoft and Weymouth laboratories. Cefas has been based in Lowestoft since 1902 with 450 of its 590 employees currently based at the Pakefield site.
2) The planning application will be considered by the Waveney District Council Planning Committee, with a decision anticipated in the Autumn. The full application is available to view online at: http://publicaccess.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=OTMWESQXH1L00.
3) The proposals require some existing buildings, including the former hotel building, to be demolished as the new office is completed in 2018/19.
4) Land to the seaward side of the Pakefield Road site is proposed for landscaping to permit greater public access, both to make Cefas' activities more accessible to the local community and to support the developing regeneration vision for the Lowestoft seafront. To develop the site further, Cefas are considering a future proposal to seek outline permission for a new, standalone cafe, visitor centre and collaborative working spaces to drive cooperation with external local partners which would be the subject of a separate development.
5) More information about Cefas' Estates Redevelopment plans, including reports on feedback received during public consultation can be found here: https://www.cefas.co.uk/about-us/facilities/estates-2020/. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if there are any additional questions.