Unsung Plymouth scientist honoured at Langage


Plymouth’s newest employment space is to be named in honour of one of the city’s unsung scientists.

Major progress has been made on the construction site which is transforming into over 30,000 feet of high spec factory and workspace at Langage Science Park.

The site is to be called Hearder Court in recognition of Jonathan Nash Hearder, an electrical engineer, inventor and educator who developed the induction coil and was an advisor on the first Atlantic cable.

The walls and roofs of the nine units are now complete and the internal fit-out has started in the units which are on schedule to be completed in July.

The units which are available to lease will have flexible office space (heated, carpeted, lit and ready for occupation) that can be easily extended to suit users specific requirements. Large service yard areas, dedicated parking, cycle shelters, waste recycling zones and electrically operated loading doors.

The completed scheme will have energy saving features such as solar photo voltaic systems, efficient heating systems in the offices and increased levels of insulation, which when combined, should minimise carbon emissions and reduce running costs for occupiers.
Council Leader Tudor Evans, who is visiting the site to check out its progress, said: “It’s fitting that we honour one of our less well-known scientists in this latest addition to Langage Science Park.
“We are investing £2.7 million in creating space that businesses will be ready to move in to, which means jobs can be created straight away.
“Plymouth has the highest concentration of manufacturing employment of any city south of the Midlands and we need the space with up-to-date facilities to attract high end companies. We’ve already taken a number of enquiries about renting the units, including two national engineering firms, which is really encouraging.”
The development will create and support around 80 full time jobs and will bring in a rental income for the Council.
Interested parties can download more information at www.plymouth.gov.uk/langage_beechwood_way.pdf or call the lettings team at the Council on 01752 304366

More facts about Hearder
• In 1830, aged 23, Hearder’s vision was severely damaged in an explosion during an experiment.
• In 1845 Hearder was appointed consulting electrician and galvanist to the South Devon and East Cornwall Hospital.
• Throughout his life, he carried out significant work on the development of the induction coil. Although the invention of the induction coil is generally attributed to Heinrich Ruhmkorff, by some accounts Hearder may have independently invented the device at an earlier date.
• Hearder invented a magnetometer and was an early advocate of laying intercontinental submarine telegraph cables. He consulted on the Atlantic Cable around 1850 and proposed an improved design. He later consulted again during the cable laying, when the ship docked at Plymouth.
• He was responsible for the famous electrical illumination experiment from the top of Devonport Column in 1849.
• He is buried in Ford Park Cemetery.