Differences between an IT Park and a Business Park

Have you ever wondered what the differences between an IT Park and a Business Park are? Well, a number of features and facilities do overlap but there are some stark differences between the two, particularly in terms of focus and approach:

How Business Parks and IT Parks differ
Primarily, the big difference between an IT Park and a Business Park is this: For IT Parks the key focus is innovation, while for business parks it is usually commerce. The layout of these two types of facilities also tend to differ in key areas; business parks contain largely office space and conference facilities, while technology parks, in addition to office and conference space, include workshops, laboratory space and facilities dedicated towards research.

How They Are Similar
Both types of developments, while they have different focus areas, share a very strong common thread; people. The staff working at either a Business Park or an IT Park will be looking for very similar amenities. Therefore, you will find massive overlap between the two when you look at communal facilities such as green space, food and beverage outlets, on-site parking facilities and entertainment options. All of these amenities together, help to promote collaboration between the different companies, organizations and people that populate these developments.

Other Similar Developments
You will also find that industrial parks and trading estates are also similar, yet different
developments altogether. Again, while they have very different focus areas, they all share one thing in common; people and therefore the amenities described above are nearly universal to any worthy development.

Locating an IT Park
The location of an IT Park is critical and this is why Orion City is strategically located near the heart of Colombo, Sri Lanka by the side of one of the City’s main arteries. Access to infrastructure is critical for IT Parks and Orion City provides easy access to Sri Lanka’s Bandaranaike International Airport, the country’s main international airport. In addition to this, Orion City is located close to the Port of Colombo, Colombo’s Commercial Centre, Shopping and Recreation Hubs, the country’s major express ways that connect or will connect all of the major cities of the country. The Park is also equipped with state of the art office spaces for small and big enterprises along with workshops, laboratory space and all other amenities onsite. Orion City is home to international giants such as Virtusa, Pearson and Cinergix. The Park is experiencing ongoing expansion and will soon see Orion Towers coming online, which promises customizable office and workspaces for startups, small, medium and large companies and features LEED Gold Certification, an energy efficient façade with optimal light penetration with minimum heat and noise, a star class business hotel and all amenities and other infrastructure.

The facilities and amenities at Orion City include:

  • On-site parking
  • International Food Court
  • International chains of coffee shops and delis onsite
  • Healthcare/self-care facilities
  • All basic infrastructure
  • Value added infrastructure such as voice and data cabling, RFID/Biometric Access, Raised Flooring, Internal Partitioning, UPS Backup, Data Centre and shared services.
  • External Security
  • Cleaning and maintenance of all common areas
  • Janitorial Services Including Waste Disposal
  • Daily Garbage Removal
  • Pest Control
  • 24 hour Help Desk

After location, the facilities of an IT Park are what set it apart. Orion City has the location and all the facilities and amenities any tech business requires to thrive and is a great place to build and grow a tech business.

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