CooperVision shares plans for new Southampton hub

Expected to be completed in 2026, The Vision Centre will bring together the technical, commercial, and business functions of CooperVision

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CooperVision has revealed plans for a new technical, commercial, and business hub in Southampton.

Spanning over 10,000 square metres, The Vision Centre will have capacity for more than 400 employees and is expected to be completed in 2026.

The new site will bring together CooperVision’s UK-based research and development team, Global Technical Innovations Group, and commercial and business functions.

Francis Erard, vice president of research and development at CooperVision, suggested bringing together colleagues from the different business functions would create “one inspiring and supportive environment.”

This parallels a move to bring the US-based research and development team into the corporate headquarters in California.

The company plans to invest in a wellbeing suite, eco-friendly design elements and versatile workspaces to promote collaboration and meet the needs of the growing team.

Debbie Olive, president EMEA at CooperVision, commented that the investment “highlights our commitment to providing world-class environments that enable colleagues to be at their absolute best at work.”

The creation of The Vision Centre forms part of CooperVision’s regional four-point strategy to develop the ‘Workplaces of Tomorrow’, focusing on place, people, value, and sustainability.

CooperVision is also considering opportunities to enhance its Delta Park commercial and distribution facility and to make further investments in its Hampshire manufacturing sites.