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Referred to as the 'city of dreaming spires' by 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, Oxford is indeed a city associated with both architectural and academic wealth. With the oldest university in the English speaking world and a landscape studded with medieval buildings, the unique metropolis has major visitor appeal. However, not only a trigger for tourism and a thriving student culture, the University of Oxford has helped to create a diverse economy revered for its research, scientific and publishing industries. Yet beyond the scholastic weight of the historical centre, Oxford is a compact city rich in business enterprise and with one of the fastest growing populations in the UK.


A glance at the map reveals another of Oxford's desirable features. Located in the centre of the south of England, the county of Oxfordshire is around 1.5 hours from both London and Birmingham via the M4. To the east, the city completes the Oxford to Cambridge Arc that encompasses Milton Keynes, a strong player in the UK's anticipated economic recovery. From a geographical point of view, however, the grid-like structure of this relatively new, built-for-purpose town has been criticized for creating a rigid and sterile environment. This resonates with the reputation of other, near-London business hubs such as Slough. Made famous for all the wrong reasons by docu-sitcom, The Office, this industrial town was modernized through a redevelopment that saw old buildings destroyed and replaced with office blocks and shopping complexes.

We are, however, beginning to understand the relationship between green, open spaces and well-being. A recent article in the Guardian Sustainable Business column cites research by the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, revealing increased 'satisfaction' in those living in an urban area in proximity to green spaces. Millions of pounds have been invested by the government into breaking up the concrete landscape, with the aim of increasing overall health and happiness. Urban living spaces seem to be improving, and it was only a matter of time before workplace environments followed suit. Individuals have traditionally been expected to endure the artificial labyrinth for the lion's share of the working day.

A burgeoning number of environmentally conscious business parks are flourishing in and around our major towns and cities. Green spaces have ceased to be the reserve of community hubs and are fast becoming the lifeblood of forward-thinking organisations. The 'eco-business park' has landed, with premises such as Brathens Park in Aberdeenshire offering conference and office facilities within 70 acres of broad leaf woodland. It's not just about the trees, though, with these business parks. If you don't fancy moving your enterprise to Scotland, however, there are a number of business parks that incorporate key values of the eco-business park structure such as sharing local resources and conservation, without sacrificing accessibility and centrality. Oxfordshire is one such place where businesses can look to function from sustainable locations that factor in employee well-being. If your business is seeking Oxford offices, three business parks have been identified as encapsulating green spaces, premier office facilities, community cooperation and accessibility.

Oxford Business Park

One of this site's founding concerns was with 'enduring environmental enhancements' and integration with the city's existing travel infrastructure to ensure revitalisation. Over 20 years later and with around 88 acres of development land, this establishment already houses more than 69 major companies, including Harley Davidson and Royal Mail. Situated on the outskirts of the city centre with excellent access to the M4, Oxford Business Park also features a network of bus stops, footpaths and cycleways to encourage green modes of transport to and from the city centre. Award-winning landscaped gardens thrive alongside bespoke office space and leisure and retail facilities.

Abingdon Business Park

Just seven miles south of Oxford city lies the historic town of Abingdon. The business park draws on the calm pace of the town yet remains at the centre of Oxfordshire's commercial markets. Set within around 50 acres of landscaped grounds, the park features an abundance of mature, preserved vegetation and utilises existing travel infrastructure.

The Boundary

A smaller site comprising of 11 business units, The Boundary benefits from a view across fields to the Chilterns that creates a real sense of tranquillity. Located minutes from the city, this a no frills option, but plenty of free parking and a well maintained environment ensure businesses can reap the benefits of peaceful green spaces, without cutting themselves off from the city.

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