New workshops at Farm491 Agritech Hub set to facilitate technological progression in UK farming
PUBLISHED: 11:25 14 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:01 22 June 2017
The dynamic agritech innovation and incubation hub, Farm491 is delighted to have opened five new practical workspaces at its Harnhill site, Gloucestershire
Following a soft launch, the official opening will take place on the Friday June 30 – with a celebrity appearance from rare breeds farmer, TV Presenter and Cotswold Life columnist Adam Henson. Farm491 is the ground-breaking incubation hub at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) that facilitates the growth of agribusinesses.
In its entirety, the hub will comprise of different dynamic spaces where entrepreneurs can trial ideas, establish an office base or utilise Farm491’s network of academics, farmers, data, business advisors and industry influencers.
Members at Farm491 are at the heart of innovation – from farm machinery trading platforms, digital land management tools, meat certification to tracking devices; Farm491 is supporting businesses, who through technology, will be vital in securing a sustainable agricultural economy.
The five cutting-edge workshops, in a renovated farm barn at the Harnhill site opened their doors in May and have already welcomed their first innovators. Providing vital space to research, test and refine ideas for the benefit of the wider agricultural and food production industries, the work-shops are designed to give maximum flexibility to those wishing to use them.
Full height with pedestrian access on one side and a roller shutter door the other side, the design, structure and lay-out of the new workspaces has been instructed by SRA Architects. Members who sign up to use the collaborative workshop space at Harnhill will also have use of office space, meeting rooms and access to the adjacent Cotswold farmland owned by the RAU. The workshops are also located on a RAU farm allowing entrepreneurs easy access to livestock, crops and the neighboring Rural Innovation Centre.
Verity Payne, Farm491 added; “We have some exciting months ahead of us at Farm491 – and we are delighted to have opened the doors at our first workshops at Harnhill. So far, Multibox (an insect farming company) have already moved in and the pipeline is buzzing.”
She concludes; “Our members at Farm491 represent a spectrum of innovations, where they are applying technology in unique and interesting ways to significantly shape and sustain the future of British agriculture. The new practical workspaces at our Harnhill site are a step to supporting, embracing, and encouraging further technology advancement, and starting at £6000 per annum a really affordable option.”