New high spec factories and workspace are taking shape at the hugely successful Langage Science Park.
The giant steel frames of two large building blocks have now been erected as the expansion plans for the science park steam ahead.
The Council is investing around £2.7m to develop and build high quality employment space which will be divided into nine different-sized units, ranging from 116sq m to 1.858sq m (1,250sq ft to 20,000sq ft).
Council Leader Tudor Evans said: “We are building speculative employment space for the first time in 15 years, so that we have a quality supply of space ready for different sized businesses to move in.
“Plymouth has the highest concentration of manufacturing employment of any city south of the Midlands and there is a demand for readymade sites. We are showing we are prepared to do all we can to ensure businesses come here and help us create a strong economy and importantly, secure jobs.
“The project is a key commitment in our Plan for Jobs and up to 40 people are expected to get work at the site before a single company even moves in.
“Thanks in part to the Council, Plymouth’s economy has grown faster than the UK’s every year since the end of the recession – we need to help fuel this growth.”
Cabinet Member for Finance, Councillor Mark Lowry said: “We are prepared to invest in a scheme which will bring jobs and careers to our city. To bring companies here, we need to create the quality work space they want.”
The units 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 are also part of the build.
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.
As part of the contract, the Council has asked that contractors Britcon (UK) Ltd make opportunities available to local people and local suppliers as well as ensure there are training and skills opportunities for young people.
The scheme is due to complete by the summer and the Council has already received a number of enquiries about possible lettings. Interested parties can view the latest electronic brochure at www.plymouth.gov.uk/langage_beechwood_way.pdf and contact the lettings team at the Council on 01752 304366