The Recodery, Lion Works

The Recodery, Lion Works, Whittlesford, Cambridge



11,000 sq ft






Conversion of a 11,000 sq ft warehouse into a fully fitted laboratory to serve as the new headquarters for Constructive Bio, who specialising in synthetic biology. The building is located within the South Cambridge bio-tech cluster, in close proximity to Whittlesford Parkway train station and other science parks such as Babraham Research Park, Melbourn Science Park and the Wellcome Genome Campus. Construction works are due to be completed Q4 2023.

Having launched in 2022 with £12.4m seed investment to scale and commercialise the groundbreaking synthetic biology research of Professor Jason Chin, Constructive Bio’s Chief Scientific Officer, the now 30-person business has relocated its headquarters from a c.2,000 sq ft workspace at an established nearby research park to Gen Two’s c.11,000 sq ft ‘The Recodery’.

Backed by leading deeptech investors Ahren, Amadeus Capital Partners, OMX Ventures and General Inception, Constructive Bio has pioneered the development and application of methods for reprogramming the genetic code of living organisms, rewriting the near-universal genetic code of natural life to create organisms that use new genetic codes. The new organisms deliver remarkable properties: they are resistant to a wide variety of viruses, they can be programmed to make new unnatural, or synthetic, polymers, and even perform entirely new functions.

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