Conference Centre
Agritech Business Centre

Welcome to The Russell Building

Rothamsted Research is the longest-running agricultural research institution in the world. Its foundation dates from 1843 when John Bennet Lawes, the owner of the Rothamsted Estate, appointed Joseph Henry Gilbert, a chemist, as his scientific collaborator and planted the first of what were to become the classical Rothamsted long term experiments, on Broadbalk field. The scientific partnership between Lawes and Gilbert lasted 57 years, and together they laid the foundations of modern scientific agriculture and established the principles of crop nutrition.


The Russell Building was constructed between 1914 and 1918 on the site of the testimonial laboratory and was officially opened in 1919. It originally housed the soil laboratories and in subsequent years was used as the Institute’s administrative offices and library.


One hundred years on, our vision for the coming century puts Rothamsted at the heart of a vibrant and dynamic R&D hub – where agritech visionaries turn cutting edge scientific research into practical, workable solutions that feed billions of extra mouths from less land and a smarter use of man-made chemicals.


As well as this comprehensive range of world-class facilities for our tenants, hot-desking is available amongst exciting agritech start-ups as well as the use of our attractive open meeting and social spaces, to help spark collaborative discussions. In addition to our lab and office based personal workspace for productive activity, there are several informal meeting spaces designed to encourage the exchange and development of ideas, creative thinking and problem-solving.


Become a part of our unique history and join our vibrant ecosystem of organisations working at the cutting edge of agritech innovation. Please get in touch if you would like to talk about hiring office space at The Russell Building here at the Rothamsted Campus in Harpenden, Hertfordshire.

Building Features

  • Car-parking
  • Long Leases
  • Period property
  • Wi-Fi
  • Flexible terms

Layout & Capacities

  • 10 – 30 People
  • 30 – 60 People
  • 100 – 200 People
  • 60 – 100 People
  • Co-Working
  • Office space

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