Business in Reading; case studies


Bayer Life Sciences

Bayer relocated its UK and Ireland HQ to Green Park in Reading in 2016. The global pharmaceutical giant, famed for world leading research in cardiology, ophthalmology, women’s health and oncology and developing brands such as Aspirin, Berocca and Rennie relocated around 500 employees to their £13m new HQ building on Green Park in Reading.

Bayer UK Ireland HQ Reading web

The new Bayer Life Sciences building houses the company’s UK & Ireland leadership team and all its life sciences businesses except crop science (based in Cambridge). It also houses a brand new state of the art science education laboratory, Baylab.

Bayer in the UK/Ireland employs 1000 people from 37 different nationalities and is ranked number 7 in the top 10 pharma companies in the UK. They account for sales of over £1bn in the fields of pharmaceuticals, consumer health and animal health and their decision to relocate to Reading is a huge boost to the area and the reputation of Reading as an important pharma cluster.

Why Bayer chose Reading

  • The ability to recruit the best talent – since the move, Bayer have experienced a 250% increase in applications for jobs with the company in their new HQ
  • Further improve innovative working practices through the bespoke new building design
  • Connectivity – based close to Heathrow with excellent UK-wide connectivity through the M4, Great Western rail mainline and Crossrail. The planned Green Park station and Western Rail Access to Heathrow will further improve connectivity to London and Heathrow.
  • Locate the company within the Life Sciences golden triangle
  • Provide excellent local amenities for staff
  • Minimise disruption on the travel to work times of Bayer staff - 99% of staff made the move with the company to the new site with a similar 2/3 majority of the workforce travelling by car for 30 minutes or less.

World leading new science education facility

BAYER BayLab webAs part of its new HQ building, Bayer has also created a world-leading science education facility. Baylab is a new science lab providing free science workshops for primary and secondary schools as well as further education. Aligned to the national curriculum, it boasts state-of-the art research equipment and professional facilitation along with an interactive exhibition on the work of Bayer. 




In their words

Simon Greenstreet, Head of Communications and Public Affairs UK & Ireland at Bayer, said: “Bayer’s £13 million investment in its new Regional UK/IRE Headquarters signifies our commitment to the UK and our drive to continue the positive contribution we make to people’s lives in this country. 

“Our decision to move to Green Park was based on the company’s future needs, the location; access to and from the site for major travel infrastructure including airports and railways; the atmosphere and proximity to other leading blue-chip and International companies – all of which makes this location compatible with Bayer UK’s positioning and reputation”.


Bayer UK & Ireland: 400 South Oak Way, Green Park, Reading RG2 6AD



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