Winners of leading industry awards

Welcome to Creative Places

We are property experts that use specialist, expert knowledge to help clients plan, create, manage and invest in collaborative places for people involved with research, R&D, education, the creative industries and innovation. We combine our understanding of academic, research and R&D occupier needs with commercial property, place making and investment know-how to make places both inclusive and thriving - be they innovation districts, research and R&D campuses, research intensive hospital environments, innovation centres or incubators.

An impressive track record for delivering successful outcomes for R&D property developments

We have specialized in R&D and innovation spaces for over 10 years, playing an instrumental role in the majority of the largest deals and most ambitious development projects in the UK.

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Worked for 7 out of UK top 10 Universities

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Specialist in R&D for over 14 years

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Played a key role in AstraZeneca coming to Cambridge

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We have worked on 70% of major hospital proximate projects

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We are helping our clients invest over £0.5bn in Life Sciences real estate

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Our team has 30+ years experience in letting laboratory space in UK

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Our unique approach focuses on understanding and translating the needs of stakeholders, including occupiers, into tangible, beneficial, outcomes for all

This cross-sector influence and end-user understanding is the key ingredient in our and our clients’ continued success.

What we do

Lead by our team of R&D property experts with years of specialist industry experience

Together we can help you really understand the factors, nuances and subtleties that make spaces work - where research excellence and impact, upskilling, innovation and enterprise can all be achieved - in a highly productive fashion.

Meet the team

Property Availability

We offer specialist agency services that can stand alone or work in conjunction with other, more traditional agency arrangements that are typically provided by in-house client teams and/or property agents. To view all available properties click here.

1000 Discovery Drive, Cambridge

1000 Discovery Drive, Cambridge

Cambridge Biomedical Campus, 10,000 -100,000 sq ft. Brand new Grade A laboratory currently under development. More details coming soon.

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Riverlabs, Ware

Riverlabs, Ware

Riverlabs, a new and exciting 28-acre life science campus, ideally situated at the centre of the Golden Triangle, affordable and fully fitted ready for immediate occupation.

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85 Grays Inn Road, London

85 Grays Inn Road, London

Comprehensively refurbished to provide wet laboratory enabled space in London’s Midtown. Designed and built for the people asking tomorrow’s biggest questions.

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The Press, Foxton, Cambridge

The Press, Foxton, Cambridge

Phase I available from September 2023. More information coming soon.

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Our Opinions

We are proud of our position; leading the way in the development of science, research and innovation locations. With this comes a commitment from our team, to share our thoughts and opinions on the topics that are impacting these economically, politically and socially important spaces. Explore our thinking here...

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Growing Pains - The UK Laboratory Real Estate market

The market for commercial laboratory space in the UK has come a long way in recent years, buoyed by unprecedented levels of occupier demand and investor interest. Creative Places managing partner John Sommerville has worked in the life sciences real estate sector for over 25 years. He takes a look at what has changed and provides insight as to how the sector will fare in the future.

Liam Nicholls takes the helm at Creative Places

Creative Places is delighted to announce the appointment of Liam Nicholls to the position of CEO. Liam takes over from Jonathan Burroughs, who will remain fully involved in the business, focusing on client work.

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Burlington Park Cambridge: New Laboratory Space

Cambridge’s next available Fitted Laboratory Accommodation to be delivered to the market – Q1 2023.

Our Projects

Our continuing work on these successful projects gives us an unparalleled wealth of data, insights, models and knowledge to draw on and apply to future projects. Our extensive research and travel to learn from projects in every continent of the world gives unparalleled richness to our understanding. We attend leading conferences on our subject, in a speaking role at most.

Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Cambridge Biomedical Campus is home to the world renowned Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge University's School of Clinical Medicine, Cancer Research UK and other research institutes.

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MedCity

MedCity

MedCity was set up by the Mayor of London and the London Development Agency to oversee the promotion of the health sciences sector in London and the Greater South East.

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Citylabs Manchester

Citylabs Manchester

When the former Royal Eye Hospital in Manchester became vacant, due to the relocation of the Eye Hospital to new accommodation, the building’s owners Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust needed to find a viable solution for its continued use which would support the Trust’s aims as an Academic Health Science Centre.

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Cell Therapy Catapult

Cell Therapy Catapult

In October 2010 it was announced that over £200m would be invested by the UK government in a network of elite technology and innovation centres.

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W & NW Cambridge

W & NW Cambridge

The University of Cambridge owned West Cambridge Campus is a 65 hectare site with outline permission for 170,000 sq m of academic, residential and commercial research development.

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Sycamore House, Stevenage

Sycamore House, Stevenage

Having historically been involved in strategic discussions and instructions with a variety of stakeholders in Stevenage for several years, including GSK, the Stevenage Biosciences Catalyst and the Cell and Gene Therapy Manufacturing Catapult, it was evident that expanding occupiers in the ecosystem had pent up demand for space.

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Our Clients

We are proud to work as advisors and agents to a wide range of clients with interests in the most prestigious and high profile R&D property developments, science parks and biomedical campuses within the UK.