Town Manager Applauds Redgate Opening Two New Life Science Buildings in Bedford

October 12, 2023
Bedford Labs is a state-of-the-art lab and research building located at 100 Crosby Dr. in Bedford. Photo by Andy Ryan

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Redgate, and Optimum Asset Management (Optimum), in partnership with AEW, announced this week the delivery of the core and shell of Bedford Labs, a state-of-the-art lab and research building located at 100 Crosby Dr. in Bedford.

Bedford Labs comes as Redgate, Optimum, and AEW prepare to celebrate the grand opening of another nearby lab, research and biomanufacturing complex in Bedford – Riverwalk Labs.

“Bedford is the place so many established companies seek to be, thanks to our excellent location and access to resources and great local talent. Within a 20-mile radius of Bedford, 70 percent of the population is college-educated and the numerous food, retail, and service amenities make this an attractive region for the workforce to live in,” said Matt Hanson, Town Manager for the Town of Bedford.

Bedford Lab’s first phase, which entails a fully renovated existing 288,000 square feet, delivers fully leased after securing one of the largest suburban leases in Massachusetts with Sarepta Therapeutics, a global biotechnology company focused on precision genetic medicine for rare diseases. Tenant fit-out of the building is currently underway, and the building will be outfitted with numerous amenities specifically designed to accommodate Sarepta Therapeutics. 

Redgate recently secured approvals to develop an additional 300,000 square feet of lab, research and biomanufacturing space at Bedford Labs. The new development will be designed for the next generation of life sciences, clean technology, and tough technology tenants as Redgate continues to take a long-term, bullish outlook on the growing Bedford cluster. 

“Life sciences tenants have leased close to 1.2 million square feet of space in the Middlesex Route 3 corridor since the beginning of 2022, over half of which has been new growth in Bedford. The submarket’s leasing activity is second only to Cambridge/Somerville across the entire Greater Boston region,” said Tom Hamill, Principal at Redgate.

Nearby, Riverwalk Labs, a 168,000 square foot lab located at 14 Oak Park Dr. in Bedford, celebrated its opening on Wednesday. Designed by Ci Design Inc., Riverwalk Labs will feature numerous on-site amenities, including a food hall managed by Craft Foods that will offer a dynamic menu and diverse array of cuisines, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a meditation room, bike storage space, walking trails along the Shawsheen River, as well as pickleball and basketball courts.

Bedford allows both Riverwalk Labs and Bedford Labs close proximity to more than 50 nearby tech, life sciences, and bioscience research companies. The locations are easily accessible for tenants, situated less than a mile from Route 3 and less than five miles from I-95. The surrounding areas boast more than 120 restaurants, and it is only an eight-minute drive to the Burlington Mall’s more than 150 retailers.

According to Mass Bio’s recent Industry Snapshot, Bedford boasts nearly 6 percent year-over-year job growth in the research and development space.

“The nearby area is comprised of established leaders in the life sciences and clean and tough technology sectors, making it an ideal opportunity for Redgate to continue its investment in the Middlesex 3 Corridor,” Hamill said. “We’re proud to attract the best in the field to our Bedford developments and engage the extremely strong workforce that surrounds us.”

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