Kadans Science Partner to Develop New Life Sciences Innovation Centre at Canary Wharf – 16.11.22

New wet lab innovation centre at 20 Water Street opening in April 2023 progresses the creation of Canary Wharf life sciences cluster

Kadans Science Partner (“Kadans”) and Canary Wharf Group (“CWG”) are developing a new innovation facility providing much needed access to fully fitted, best in class laboratories and amenity rich space for developing life science companies.

Kadans are converting levels four and five, totalling 38,000 sq ft, at the BREEAM Outstanding 20 Water Street, into flexible, fully serviced CL2 wet labs which can range in size from 200 sq ft to 5,000+ sq ft as well as office accommodation, ancillary meeting rooms and breakout space. Using Kadans unique proposition tenants will be able to occupy from a single lab bench to 5,000+ sq ft.

Kadans and CWG recently announced that they had formed a joint venture to establish a new UK Life Sciences cluster at Canary Wharf.  This new proposition is the latest milestone in the first phase of ecosystem creation. The process is running concurrently to the joint venture’s development of 823,000 sq ft GIA commercial health and life science focused building, the largest in Europe, on the 3.3-hectare North Quay at Canary Wharf which is expected to be ready in 2026.

Fit out has begun and it is expected that the Innovation Centre will be open and ready for occupation in May 2023.  The launch of the Innovation Centre follows shortly after CWG’s recent announcement that government-owned genomic health pioneer, Genomics England, is relocating its headquarters to One Canada Square, Canary Wharf. 

Canary Wharf is already home to a diverse range of healthcare and life sciences-focused companies, including, Barts Health NHS Trust, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, Medical Defence Union, General Pharmaceutical Council and NHS Transformation.

20 Water Street benefits from Canary Wharf’s exceptional connectivity which recently improved further with the opening of the new Elizabeth Line.  Three international airports, Heathrow, Gatwick & City, are all accessible within 10-40 minutes and it is also less than 30 mins to King’s Cross, White City and the largest three funders of life science research in the UK – UKRI, Wellcome Trust and Cancer Research UK. 

Several science-led businesses are already located in Canary Wharf. Proximity to the MHRA as well as organisations like UCL Management School and the General Pharmaceutical Council make Canary Wharf an attractive location. Level39, a world-leading tech hub, has a vibrant community of 180 start-up and scaleup companies at Canary Wharf.

James Sheppard, Managing Director of Kadans Science Partner, said: “Together with our partner Canary Wharf Group, our vision is to make Canary Wharf the go to destination for health and life sciences organisations.  Building the right entrepreneurial ecosystem is a critical component to achieving this goal and the creation of this new Innovation Centre allows us to provide much needed space for start-up and early-stage companies who we can subsequently grow with us at Canary Wharf.”

“In addition to the quality of the flexible, wet lab and office space we will deliver at 20 Water Street, we understand that life science businesses do not exist in isolation. Kadans will bring its full suite of ecosystem services to 20 Water Street which will support businesses on making vital connections to funders, regulators, partners and talent.”

Richard Archer, Managing Director of Offices, Canary Wharf Group, said: “The pace at which we have established this new innovation facility, while attracting leading health and life sciences companies to Canary Wharf, further demonstrate the appeal of Canary Wharf as the location for world class life sciences hub in the UK and the momentum we are beginning to achieve in establishing it as one.”


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Canary Wharf Group plc
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Notes to Editors

About Canary Wharf Group:

Canary Wharf Group (CWG) is the developer of the largest urban regeneration project in Europe. CWG develops, manages and currently owns interests in approximately 9 million square feet of mixed-use space and over 1,100 Build to Rent apartments. 

CWG is the largest sustainable developer in the UK and also excels operationally as it has purchased 100% electricity from renewable sources since 2012 and sent zero waste to landfill since 2009. 

CWG has created a 24/7 city where people can live, work and thrive on the Canary Wharf estate and enjoy all the benefits: great transport links, access to green spaces and waterside living; and a wide range of amenities including an award-winning arts and events programme. Canary Wharf’s retail offering comprises over 300 shops, including grocery stores, pharmacies, health clubs, bars and restaurants, all within 15 minutes’ walk. 

The Company’s current £2bn construction activity and pipeline includes more than 500k square feet NIA of commercial properties and over 2,300 new homes for sale and rent.

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About Kadans Science Partner

Kadans Science Partner is the European leader investing in the development of ecosystems and real estate with a dedicated focus on the knowledge intensive sector. Kadans has invested across various specific areas, like agri-tech in Wageningen, life sciences in Leiden, and cell & gene therapy in Stevenage, UK. Kadans provides its tenants with an array of additional services tailored to their specific needs. In December 2020, Kadans was acquired by AXA IM Alts, which, as a long- term capital partner, has allowed us to significantly accelerate our growth.

Kadans is currently present on 23 campuses, in 7 countries, where it operates over 6 million sq ft of space for over 400 tenants, including start-ups, scale-ups, corporates, government bodies and educational institutes. Kadans has a solid view of the developments our tenants and partners are currently working on and which parties in our network could benefit from connecting.

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