i54 South Staffordshire

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Site Description: i54 South Staffordshire is a new regional development site of 91 hectares (226 acres) gross, adjacent to Junction 2 of the M54. The site, in South Staffordshire abuts the Wolverhampton conurbation. Site remediation and infrastructure has been undertaken and outline planning consent has been given for phase 1 of 50,000 sq m of space. Additional access to the site has entailed remodelling of the junction with the M54 giving direct access to the site from and to the motorway and A449. Jaguar Land Rover, Moog, ISP, Eurofins ERA and Tentec Ltd. are investors on the site. Mucklow Park i54A is 15 acres (6 hectares) and comprises the gateway to the i54 South Staffordshire business park and is ready for immediate development.

Overall Developable Land: 89 hectares (220 acres) gross

Planning Use: B1, B2, D1, C1 and ancillary

Site Owner: Staffordshire County Council

Planning Authority: South Staffordshire Council

Developer: Mucklow – 0121 550 2119 –  www.mucklow.com

Major Local Companies: Jaguar Land Rover, Moog, ISP, Eurofins, Birmingham Midshires, Mann + Hummel, UTC Aerospace Systems, Timken and Meuller Europe

Workforce: 550,355 within 30 minutes drive time

Sat Nav: WV9 5HQ (Wobaston Road

Website: www.i54online.com

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Cities
Birmingham 20A miles (32km)
London 133 miles (214km)
Manchester 75A miles (120km)
Stafford 12A miles (19km)
Ports
Folkestone 212 miles (341km)
Harwich 187A miles (300km)
Hull 154 miles (247km)
Southampton 158 miles (254km)
Airports
Birmingham International 29A miles (47km)
Manchester International 66A miles (106km)
East Midlands 53A miles (85km)
Motorways
M6 (Junction 10a) 4 miles (6km)
M6 (Junction 11) 4A miles (6km)

Road Improvements ahead of schedule

Wednesday, 11th of December 2013

A major road scheme implemented to improve access to the key i54 South Staffordshire business park has been completed ahead of schedule.

The Vine Island/Stafford Road Highway Improvement Scheme was designed to support the i54 South Staffordshire development by making it easier for the road network to cope with the anticipated increase in traffic using the site.

The work has seen the remodelling of the roundabout and enhancements to the Bee Lane/Stafford Road junction.

Other features include new “Toucan” crossings across Stafford Road and Wobaston Road to provide safer pedestrian access, a shared cycle and footway, a new service road to give access to shops and new car park spaces for shoppers and businesses.

The scheme had been anticipated to finish by the end of this year but the work has been completed around four weeks early.

Further highway improvements to support i54 South Staffordshire are currently underway at Wobaston Road. The £3.6m scheme is expected to create a significantly improved transport route for residents and businesses and is expected to be complete by winter


ISP for i54

Tuesday, 5th of November 2013

ISP, the Walsall printing company have announced that it is taking 5 acres at i54 South Staffordshire. The security printing company will be constructing a new 70,000 sq ft facility on the site.

ISP plans to construct the seven-figure, state of the art printing facility with the flexibility to expand the premises by a further 30,000  sq ft should demand dictate an increase in space.

ISP’s core business is in printing self-adhesive stamps, with over 60% of production destined for export markets, including Europe and Japan. The company is intending to relocate its workforce of 80 from current premises at Midland Road in Walsall to the new premises once the building is finished next year.

Speaking about the move, ISP’s managing director Paul White said: “This is a major investment and key strategic acquisition for the company. The new manufacturing premises on the prestigious i54 site, coupled with an ambitious programme of investment in state of the art printing technologies will provide us with a firm foundation from which to expand our business operations.

“The proximity of the site to key transportation networks will be invaluable in efficiently servicing our UK, European and global clients.”

Director of industrial agency at GBR Phoenix Beard Christian Smith was appointed by ISP to identify and secure new premises.

He said: “ISP’s search for premises began with a request to identify a suitable 70,000 sq ft industrial unit. As we worked more closely with the directors and built a deeper understanding of their business plans, it became clear that a greenfield option would be a better long term fit for the company’s real estate requirements.

“This is an ambitious and progressive company, competing on a worldwide stage, and so i54, with its high calibre infrastructure, combined with superb accessibility, provides a perfect launch pad for this next chapter of the company’s development.”

Noel Muscutt, partner of Bulleys, marketing agents at i54 for the vendor, said: “This transaction is at an important time, adding to the significant momentum that has been created at i54 South Staffordshire. ISP are a welcome addition as a high quality manufacturing company to the development.”

MacMullen will oversee the design and build of the unit.

MacMullen’s David MacMullen said: “By early appointment of professionals and with careful co-ordination we were able to finalise ISP’s design, obtain planning permission and appoint a contractor, to meet ISP’s demanding timescales.”

The building has been designed by Wolverhampton architects Tweedale and will be constructed by A & H Construction of Halesowen.


Utilities infrastructure contract successfully delivered on time at i54 South Staffordshire

Monday, 1st of July 2013

About i54 South Staffordshire

i54 South Staffordshire is a high-tech business park which is being developed by Staffordshire County Council, Wolverhampton City Council and South Staffordshire Council.

The location is close to Junction 2 of the M54 at Wobaston Road, Pendeford, on the boundary of South Staffordshire and Wolverhampton.

The site is set to bring with it hundreds of new local jobs and represents a huge boost to the local economy and the future prosperity of our region. In total there are eleven plots available totaling 235,000m2 in area.

Two global companies,MOOG and Eurofins, have already made i54 their home whilst Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has become the third major international company who have chosen to move to the site investing £500 million in a new advanced engine manufacturing facility.  It is expected to create approximately 1400 new highly skilled engineering and manufacturing jobs.

i54 Utilities Infrastructure Contract

As part of the i54 South Staffordshire development, Staffordshire County Council is letting ten major contracts. The i54 Utilities Infrastructure Contract is one such contract.

The utilities infrastructure contract was designed to provide necessary services to each of the new plots. The works included the design, project management and installation of the following:

Gas pipe installation comprising 180mm and 90mm Medium Pressure gas main and connections into adjacent developments over a length of approximately 1000m.

Water pipe installation comprising 250mm and 180mm mains and connections into adjacent development over a length of approximately 1000m.

Communications ducting and chambers for future communications cables and connections into adjacent developments over a length of approximately 1670m

J Murphy and Sons were appointed contractors for this scheme following the tendering process- they are accredited under Lloyds Multi Utilities Accreditation Status (MURS) to install water, gas and telecom services to the adoptable standard of utilities companies.

They worked closely with Severn Trent Water, BT and SSE plc throughout the works which included regular site inspections and meetings as the works progressed.

The works also included close liaison with Jaguar Land Rover in order to meet their timescales and specifications and other companies involved in works on site in order to minimise disruption – such as Western Power, Birse and Interserve.

Completion

Works were completed several weeks in advance of the contracted JLR date of 28th June.

Nigel Cook of Jaguar Land Rover thanked Staffordshire County Council for delivering the utilities project early.


Councils win top national award for securing investment in i54 South Staffordshire

Friday, 21st of June 2013

A trio of councils has won a prestigious national award for their work to secure millions of pounds worth of investment at i54 South Staffordshire.

Staffordshire County Council, Wolverhampton City Council and South Staffordshire Council yesterday picked up the MJ Community Investor Award, a national award which recognises the efforts of local authorities to support development in their communities.

The three councils worked decisively to invest in the site and the unique partnership arrangement to fund, build and pay back a new motorway junction has put the area in the premier league of international investment opportunities which will secure investment into the local community, stimulate growth and create jobs for local people

i54 is now home to international companies including Moog, Eurofins and Jaguar Land Rover. Jaguar Land Rover alone is investing AL500million in a new advanced Engine Manufacturing Centre and bringing with them nearly 1,400 jobs. The whole site is forecast to employ almost 3,000 workers by 2015 and to expand still further by 2020.

Receiving the award were the leaders of Staffordshire County Council, Philip Atkins, Wolverhampton City Council, Cllr Roger Lawrence and South Staffordshire Council, Cllr Brian Edwards.

In a joint statement, they said: “Our three councils have worked in partnership to attract major investment and jobs to the area, and this award recognises the efforts we have made and the commitment we have to developing our local communities.

“i54 is a unique project that not only benefits local communities, but also supports economic growth and job creation regionally. The importance of being able to attract major international companies to the area cannot be underestimated, and this award is testament to the hard work and dedication of all three councils in securing this vital investment.

“With work at Jaguar Land Rover’s Engine Manufacturing Centre progressing well, and both Moog and Eurofins already operating, the site has firmly been put on the map. We believe that this award shows that councils working together to achieve a common goal can have benefits that extend across boundaries, and can make a significant impact on local communities, and the local and national economy.a”


Inspiring engineers of the future

Thursday, 20th of June 2013

Students from schools in Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire were the first to be given an insight today into a future career in engineering at new workshops held at i54 South Staffordshire.

Inspiring Engineers of TomorrowDesigned to inspire young people to consider a career in engineering, construction or manufacturing, these workshops form part of a programme of bespoke educational activities which have been developed in partnership with Jaguar Land Rover, Staffordshire County Council, Wolverhampton City Council, South Staffordshire Council and construction company Interserve.

The 32 students from Elston Hall Primary, Bilbrook and Perton Middle Schools took part in the “Bridge the Gap” and “Wind Power” modules which challenged them to build a replica suspension bridge and wind turbines.

Staffordshire County Council leader Philip Atkins, Wolverhampton City Council leader Roger Lawrence and South Staffordshire Council leader Brian Edwards said: “We want i54 South Staffordshire to inspire young people and hope many of those who visit the site will consider a future career in engineering or manufacturing. This is another example of the public and private sectors joining up to ensure our regional skills base increases and we can improve opportunities for younger generations.”

Les Ratcliffe, Head of Community Relations, Jaguar Land Rover said, “It is critical that we encourage talented young people to become the next generation of engineers and technologists to help sustain our business over the long-term.

“This new education programme will form an integral part of our new Engine Manufacturing Centre’s community relations strategy. Working with our partners, we are keen to work with schools from across the region to enrich the education of young people inspiring them to consider careers in engineering, manufacturing and construction.”

The education programme of activities is now available to schools across the region. For more details people can contact Wolverhampton Education Business Partnership on 01902 555277 or ebp.info@wolverhampto.gov.uk


Leading aerospace company celebrates official opening at i54 South Staffordshire

Friday, 5th of October 2012

The official opening of a world-leading engineering company at the i54 South Staffordshire site this last week is another major milestone in the development of one of the region’s top business hubs, council economy leaders have said.

Moog Aircraft Group officially opened its new centre this week following an open day on Saturday. The i54 South Staffordshire site has been developed through a partnership between Staffordshire County Council, Wolverhampton City Council and South Staffordshire Council.

The company provides repair and overhaul services to the commercial aircraft industry.

Andy Hughes, Moog Aircraft Group’s operations director, said: “Moog Inc is proud to announce the grand opening of the aircraft group facility. This dedicated aerospace engineering and manufacturing entity is located in the i54 South Staffordshire technology-based business park.

“Moog is appreciative of the support provided by the European Regional Development Fund, Wolverhampton City Council, Staffordshire County Council and South Staffordshire Council in determining our new location.

“The i54 South Staffordshire business park gives us the opportunity to offer location continuity to existing employees, as well as an ideal future off-ramp exit from the M54 motorway.

“We have a beautiful new building that affords us the unique opportunity to incorporate optimised flow-line technologies and development labs. We look forward to competitively growing our primary, secondary and high-lift flight control systems.”

Staffordshire County Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for economic growth and enterprise Ben Adams said: “Moog’s official opening on site is a key milestone for i54 South Staffordshire and demonstrates it is very much open for business.

“It’s great to see a world leading company up and running on site, joining Eurofins and soon to be followed by Jaguar Land Rover. Moog is bringing highly skilled manufacturing jobs to i54 South Staffordshire and is another example of the county’s diverse business family.

“We very much look forward to the company’s continued success and further growth, impacting on the county and regional economy.”

Councillor Peter Bilson, Wolverhampton City Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and Prosperity, said: “We are delighted to welcome a renowned company such as Moog to i54 as they officially open their new centre.

“The site is about creating thousands of new jobs and providing a huge boost to the local economy and Moog has already played its part in helping achieve this.

“All three authorities are working together to make sure the infrastructure is in place to support i54 and attract many more businesses to the area.”

Councillor Brian Edwards, Leader of South Staffordshire Council, said: “Moog’s was the first facility to be built at i54 South Staffordshire which signalled the start of a new chapter for our area.

“South Staffordshire Council’s first involvement with Moog was in the summer of 2010 where Moog were clear what they wanted and we were equally clear that South Staffordshire Council should do everything it could to make their decision to come to i54 South Staffordshire as easy as it possibly could be.

“With a highly skilled workforce on our doorstep, new jobs and new prosperity the investment into i54 will change the face of our local economy for generations to come. Moog’s decision to relocate to i54 South Staffordshire was the turning point for the wider i54 South Staffordshire site”.

Moog’s site at i54 South Staffordshire covers 11 acres and has 400 skilled employees based there. It specialises in the development and manufacture of flight control actuation systems for civil and military aircraft applications.


Eurofins completes move to i54 South Staffordshire

Monday, 25th of June 2012

EUROFINS Food Testing UK has moved into its purpose built new 40,000 sq ft facility office and laboratory HQ at i54 South Staffordshire. The testing laboratory for the food and agriculture sectors will be home to 150 staff and combines high specification laboratories along with the company’s UK group back office functions. Managing director Graeme Risdon said: “Our business relies on rapid collection and analysis of food samples and i54 is perfectly situated in the heart of the Midlands motorway network. As a purpose-built HQ, we have been able to create an environment that meets both the needs of our customers and staff. The facility will mean increased capacity, allowing us to grow the business and create new jobs in the future.”


Interserve chosen for JLR Engine Plant contract…..

Thursday, 17th of May 2012

West Midlands based Interserve has been chsoen as the preferred design and build contractor for the pre-construction phase of JLR’s advanced engine facility at i54 South Staffordshire with Bam Nuttall contracted to deliver the ground eathworks contract.

Local businesses have the the opportunity to hear more about the Interserve contract and how they might benefit at a breakfast seminar at the Molineux Stadium on the 25th May www.finditinwolverhampton.co.uk


Moog move in to 154 South Staffordshire

Thursday, 12th of April 2012

Aerospace giant Moog is the first occupier to take up residency on i54 South Staffordshire and is busy migrating staff and equipment into their new state-of-the-art 210,000sqft facility. Moog will shortly be joined by Eurofins as their building nears completion and later by Jaguar Land Rover when work starts on their new engine plant.


Planning approval for JLR engine plant

Wednesday, 21st of December 2011

South Staffordshire District Council last night gave the green light to JLR’s new engine plant on i54 by approving their planning application. The decision now paves the way for contracts to be let for the works that will see a direct link road from Junction 2 of the M54 to i54.


Monday, 19th of September 2011

Staffordshire is celebrating after Jaguar Land Rover today confirmed their intention to build a new £355m engine plant on i54 in South Staffordshire. The first phase is for around 70,000sqm with a second expansion phase of around 65,000sqm. JLR has also intimated that it would expect some of its key supply chain partners join them on the site. The plant will employ around 750 staff with many more new jobs being created in their supply chain. The engine plant is scheduled to be operational in 2014.


i54 gains Enterprise Zone status

Wednesday, 17th of August 2011

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osbourne and Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles today announced the location of the Black Country Enterprise Zone

The Zone, covering two sites totalling 120 Hectares is made up in part by the i54 site. This site, falls across the Staffordshire and the Black Country and consisting of 91 Hectares, is subject to an agreement between the Stoke and Staffordshire LEP and the Black Country LEP to share the costs and proceeds to develop the site.

Staffordshire County Council Cabinet member for Economic Growth and Enterprise Ben Adams said Staffordshire was fast becoming a hot spot for growth, jobs and enterprise.

“To have won one of the 21 Enterprise Zones is a real achievement and puts us in the premier league for international investment decisions.

“Our determination and belief in the area are absolute. Staffordshire’s red carpet, business needs focused, approach to attracting investment has already gained government attention and approval.

“a�We are 100% committed to making life easy for investors and it is delivering the goods. Big international names are setting up home here, bringing more jobs and prosperity. Enterprise Zone status for i54 is symptomatic of the growing Staffordshire success story”, he said.


Work commences on Moog R & D facility

Wednesday, 23rd of March 2011

Work has started this week on the 250,000 sq ft Research and Development facility. Phase 1 will consist of 190,000 sq ft . The facility is expected to be fully open by September 2012 and safeguard over 400 jobs.


Eurofins to join Moog

Wednesday, 12th of January 2011

Planning approval has been granted to Eurofins for the construction of a 4,820 square metre , two storey food and environmental testing laboratory on the i54 development site in South Staffordshire. It is expected that the move to the new site from their existing facility in Wergs Road will safeguard 180 jobs.


Moog gets “Go-ahead”

Thursday, 11th of November 2010

Planning consent was received on Tuesday night by aerospace giants Moog for the construction of a 190,000 sqft purpose built facility on the i54 site in Wobaston Road.


Tuesday, 28th of September 2010

Actuation Systems company Moog has today confirmed plans to move its Wolverhampton flight controls business from the current location on Wobaston Road to a new-build facility on the i54 technology park in Wolverhampton. The move, which will cost 15million GBP, will safeguard about 400 jobs for the region.

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The company has submitted a planning application to South Staffordshire District Council today. The application asks for permission to build a new facility to house design, development and manufacturing activities for aircraft controls.

The application is due to be considered on 9 November.

Stuart Mclachlan, director and general manager at Moog, said: “This is a key strategic move for Moog, providing the opportunity to build a first class facility which will allow us to support and build on our market leading position.”

Advantage West Midlands (AWM) expects to offer financial support for the move. Discussions with Moog are ongoing, according to the regional development agency, and a further announcement is expected by the end of September.

Tuesday, 18th of March 2008

Advantage West Midlands officially launched the 226 acre strategic development site at MIPIM last week. The site, located adjacent to the M54 in South Staffordshire, is planned to deliver 2,500,000sqft of offices, workspace, industrial units, education, R and D and a hotel. A Contract Notice was dispatched on the 10th March 2008 for publication in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). Expressions of interest are to be received by 9th May 2008. www.i54online.com

Thursday, 24th of January 2008

Following the completion of ground preparation works and the introduction of a spine road, Advantage West Midlands will soon be looking for expressions of interest Phase 1 of the 90 hectare site.

Thursday, 28th of September 2006

The 220 acre i54 site now has outline planning approval. Work is already underway on the first phase of a AL5m remediation and infrastructure programme

Wednesday, 30th of August 2006

The AL5m Phase 2 site remediation work is now underway and should be completed within a year. Works include the levelling of plots across the development, the installation of drainage, landscaping and the creation of a wetland area and construction of a spine road that will eventually be connected to the M54.

Atlas Copco completes move to i54 South Staffordshire

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Global Swedish engineering group, Atlas Copco has completed its move to a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Mucklow Park, part of i54, South Staffordshire.

The property is now the new global bolting innovation center for Atlas Copco, one of the world’s leading providers of innovative bolting solutions.

The bespoke facility provides 46,000 sq ft of production and office space for 80 employees and the company expects this number to grow as the operation expands.

Midlands property company A&J Mucklow Group provided a full end to end design-led solution for Atlas Copco delivering a new facility incorporating tenant fit-out.

Totalling 15 acres (6 hectares), Mucklow Park is located at the gateway to i54 South Staffordshire, one of the UK’s best connected advanced manufacturing hubs. The scheme has outline planning, benefits from superfast broadband and i54 is already home to manufacturers Jaguar Land Rover, MOOG, Eurofins, ISP, and ERA.

Joint agents Cushman & Wakefield and Bulleys are the letting agents at Mucklow Park, i54.

Justin Parker, Managing Director of A&J Mucklow comments: “Atlas Copco is a fantastic addition to Mucklow Park and the wider i54 scheme which is now the ‘go to’ destination for advanced manufacturing occupiers given its prominence and ease of access plus it’s strong local labour force. We have further land which is immediately available to provide purpose built facilities for occupiers from 40,000 sq ft.”

Councillor John Reynolds, City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, speaking on behalf of the i54 South Staffordshire Partnership, said: “Our joint investment in i54 has already secured hundreds of millions of pounds of further investment and brought thousands of jobs to the area, with 40 per cent of employees living within a ten-mile radius.

“Atlas Copco’s expansion comes on the back of significant investment by ERA and Eurofins. Most importantly, these are high-end businesses providing skilled local jobs and research and training facilities. All this furthers i54’s reputation as a leading regional hub for advanced manufacturing and engineering.

“It also demonstrates demand is high for more accommodation from potential investors and the western extension will enable us to deliver that for the benefit of local residents and businesses.”

The Atlas Copco group was formed over 28 years ago and the company designs, manufactures and distributes a wide range of class leading hydraulic bolt tightening tools.

The state-of-the-art facility incorporates Research and Development, engineering design, production control, sales support and administration, CNC machinery, quality control plus assembly and test facilities providing global support to its worldwide customer base.

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Business backs plans for employment site’s major extension

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A Staffordshire business which was involved in the development of one of the county’s leading employment sites has backed plans for its extension.

The western extension plans for i54 South Staffordshire have now been submitted to the district council. If approved, it would mean one large or several smaller employers could deliver 2,700 jobs on site and generate £600million investment.

Aggregates and waste material solution firm FGD, which is based in Wombourne, is supporting the extension plans for i54 South Staffordshire having worked on the original site construction.

The business has taken on 11 new employees since its involvement with i54 South Staffordshire. It has also developed three apprentices who all live within five miles of its Wombourne headquarters.

FGD’s work during construction involved removing 200,000 tonnes of soil from the site and taking on 200,000 tonnes of stone. It also removed contaminated soil which was processed and reused – saving £500,000 in tip costs.

Since it took on the i54 South Staffordshire contract in 2012, FGD has seen its annual turnover increase from £9m to £23m. The i54 contract has directly contributed between £6m and £7m. This has allowed the company to invest in new technology to improve efficiency.

FGD is now looking forward to further growth plans and local expansion, taking on more employees and apprentices. It has a second office in Rugby and customers across the country.

The company used a Wombourne business to livery its vehicles, a local business to design its website and a building firm from Kinver to expand its offices.

Spencer Davies, director of FGD, said: “FGD Limited firmly believes in investment in local people and promoting within. This core ethos only happens when growth happens locally to. Such further investment into the i54 site will allow this to continue for many years.”

More than £1 billion has so far been invested in the current i54 site, with 2,500 people employed by multi-national companies JLR, Moog, ISP, Eurofins, ERA and Tentec with a further 2,100 jobs anticipated over the next few years. Over 3,500 students have also benefitted from a targeted skills and education programme.

i54 and its expansion play an integral part of the Midlands Engine strategy to maximise the economic potential of the area.  It is also backed by both the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire and Black Country Local Enterprise Partnerships and local businesses.

Staffordshire County Council leader Philip Atkins said: “The success of i54 South Staffordshire has been outstanding – attracting global leaders in their sectors and thousands of skilled jobs.

“While we celebrate the fact that these businesses are located here, i54 South Staffordshire has a huge impact across our area as the experience of FGD demonstrates.

“From construction firms to supply chain industries and retail and leisure establishments; this business park leads to a thriving local, regional and national economy and all the opportunities that brings for local business and people.

“We are proud of how the local government partnership worked together to achieve this and we have been rightly recognised by Government and the business community.

“It is therefore no surprise about the demand to locate here – and the subsequent need for expansion. i54 South Staffordshire will play a vital part in the Midlands Engine and in the growing productivity of Staffordshire and our neighbours.”

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor John Reynolds, said: “i54 is one of the UK’s premier advanced manufacturing business parks.

“Our joint investment at i54 has secured hundreds of millions of pounds of further investment and has brought thousands of jobs to the area, with 40 per cent of employees living within a ten-mile radius.

“Demand is high for more accommodation from potential investors and the western extension will enable us to deliver that for the benefit of local residents and businesses.”

More information about the extension plans can be found at www.i54online.com/westernextension

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County growth programme set to deliver 20,000 jobs on completed development projects and boost workplace skills

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Business development and infrastructure projects so far completed by the county council as part of a decade-long growth project could see the creation of nearly 20,000 jobs.

The total value of the 15 projects completed since the growth programme began in in 2014 is £160million. Projects which are currently being carried out are valued at £204million – £15million of which is from direct county council investment.

With current (live) projects, for every £1 invested by the county council, £13.60 worth of private sector and other investment is levered in. So far on the completed sites such as i54 South Staffordshire and Redhill Business Park there are already 6,650 people working or jobs have been committed.

In addition to creating employment in Staffordshire, the sites attract additional investment, boost supply chain industries and contribute to public services through increased business rates.

The completed employment sites generate around £9 million worth of total business rates per annum – half of which is returned back to central government. It is anticipated that completed and planned developments will eventually generate £30million in business rates.

In addition to the delivery of major business and infrastructure development, the county council’s growth programme includes support for existing businesses, the development of skills to meet the needs of employers and the roll-out of superfast fibre broadband.

The county council administers the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Growth Hub on behalf of the local enterprise partnership (LEP). It gives support to small and medium sized businesses – including signposting them to funding opportunities and professional advice. Between May 2014 and May 2018 is has assisted over 6,000 businesses.

As a result of increased employment opportunities there is an increased need by businesses for skills in advanced manufacturing and engineering. An Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Hub is being delivered across six sites to provide state of the art learning facilities and equipment. It is supporting over 4,500 learners and adding millions to the local economy output.

Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said: “Our economic growth programme is delivering the creation of skilled jobs and millions of pounds worth of investment. It is a priority of the county council to ensure that there are increased employment opportunities in our key sectors with higher skilled, better paid jobs making us a more prosperous county,

“Before the current programme ends a further 17,000 jobs will be created and 4,500 trainees, learners or apprentices supported.

“In addition to delivering the infrastructure to pave the way for business development we will build our network of support for small businesses which employ 55 per cent of our workforce. This programme is helping us to ensure that we have a balanced and strong economy in Staffordshire.”

The economic growth programme report will be discussed at a meeting of the Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee next week.

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Commercial partners and civic leaders hail Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire MIPIM success

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The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire delegation has had its busiest ever year at international property show MIPIM The four-day event saw 70 one-to-one meetings with developers and investors, plus a series of special briefing events and seminars promoting investment opportunities in the area on a global stage.

MIPIM, which takes place in Cannes each year, is the largest gathering of senior leaders from all international property sectors, offering unrivalled access to the greatest number of development projects and sources of capital worldwide. The 2018 event attracted more than 26,000 delegates from more than 100 countries.

Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership joined forces with the nine other LEP areas and other partners across the Midlands Engine region within a Midlands UK pavilion at MIPIM, following a successful pilot at MIPIM 2017. The Midlands UK Pavilion welcomed more than 4,700 visitors, a 57per cent increase on 2017. More than 50 events were hosted by Midlands UK, including panel discussions and showcase presentations, featuring almost 100 speakers from both the public and private sectors.

A total of 68 commercial partners, including the region’s property community, major businesses, airports, science and tech parks, and local universities were involved in Midlands events. Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire’s commercial partners and sponsors included Stoford Developments, Wardell Armstrong, Siemens, Gleeds, Nordic Heat, Staffordshire University, Faithful and Gould, VXFIBER, Network Space, Knights 1759, Solarplicity, A&J Mucklow, Harworth Group and CWC Group.

In addition, the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire team held more than 70 one-to-one meetings with commercial and residential developers, property investors, and decision-makers within government.

Siemens project development director Tim Lowe commented: “I was delighted to be able to participate alongside the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire delegation at MIPIM.  We’ve been very impressed by their ambition, collaborative spirit, and willingness to embrace new technology. This is already leading to some exciting developments in the energy sector in Stoke-on-Trent, and we are working hard to develop further projects in addition to the landmark schemes that are already under way.”

Stoford Developments director Tony Nash commented: “We certainly got great benefit from promoting our development experience in Staffordshire to a wider property market and also sharing investment ideas with both the public and private sector.

“Opportunities for investing in both Staffordshire and Stoke were brought to the fore of our investment plans and without the private-public communication offered by MIPIM we certainly would not have as clear an understanding of the opportunities in Staffordshire.”

CWC Group director Marc Freeman said: “It has been an excellent MIPIM this year, extremely well supported across the board. The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire presence was as strong as ever, with an ever-growing realisation of investment and development which we are proud to sponsor and be a part of in the Ceramic Valley with our land ownerships and developments over the last 12 months.”

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership chairman David Frost CBE said: “This was the most successful MIPIM yet for Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. We reaped the benefits of joining forces with the rest of the Midlands region in a Midlands UK pavilion, which raised our profile and led to a dramatic increase in the number of visitors. We were able to achieve a much bigger impact while still retaining our own distinctive identity, and promoted our area with a range of successful and very well attended events.

“It is very important that we keep a continuing flow of new investment into Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire and promote growth opportunities to a national and global audience, so that we can create more and better jobs for local people.

“Our central location makes this a great place to live, work, invest and do business, and we made a very impressive case to international investors.”

Stafford Borough Council leader Councillor Patrick Farrington said: “So many comments were made about how ideally placed the borough was geographically, and our excellent accessibility, that Stafford was described by one investor as a ‘hidden gem’. Following our presentations at MIPIM we are no longer hidden!

“The importance of securing commercial investment to create employment opportunities and to enhance the residential development offer to those who are looking to buy or rent in our borough cannot be overstated. The event has proved successful for our community in the past, with the investment by Jaguar Land Rover in Stone coming on the back of a previous visit.”

Councillor Abi Brown, Stoke-on-Trent City Council deputy leader, said: “We were able to showcase the excellent opportunities that our city has to offer to hundreds of developers, investors, partners, influencers and government decision makers. MIPIM is a unique opportunity to do this, to shout about Stoke-on-Trent on a global scale.

“We have prime development-ready sites for investors, backed-up by a team who provide tailor-made solutions to smooth the process for businesses to locate here. We have first-class connectivity across the country and some of the cheapest land and set-up costs in the UK. We showed delegates our ambition and confidence in the city with a serious of bold development opportunities, supported by a wide range of public and private sector partners. We have had several strong enquiries already, less than a week on, and will look forward to these being progressed.”

Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said: “This year’s MIPIM has been a resounding success. The feedback from delegates has been really encouraging and our LEP contingent presented a strong case for investing in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

“Personally I was pleased to launch the Wolverhampton-Staffordshire High Growth Zone which is fast becoming a leading national business hub with transport connections that will be second to none. This was in addition to the Stafford Gateway project – transforming the county town’s economy through employment, housing and leisure development with improved connections through HS2.

“MIPIM has again provided us with an unrivalled opportunity to showcase Staffordshire to global investors and show that we are key drivers in the Midlands Engine. Together we have been able to demonstrate how the region is the economic powerhouse of the UK and that our county is playing a major part in boosting productivity in the Midlands.”

The MIPIM events the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire team were involved with included:

  • The M54 Wolverhampton – Staffordshire High Growth Zone Launch hosted by Councillor Mark Winnington (Staffordshire County Council) and Tim Johnson (Wolverhampton City Council). The Growth Zone has the potential to deliver more than 11m sq ft of floor space and 20,000 jobs over 15 sites, including i54, Wobaston Park, Wolverhampton Business Park, ROF Featherstone, Mercury Park and Vernon Park, and Four Ashes Park.
  • Midlands Showcase presentation on Stafford Gateway and the New Garden Settlement hosted by Councillor Patrick Farrington (leader, Stafford Borough Council) and Councillor Winnington. This provided an update on progress, including the project’s inclusion in the Midlands Engine Investment Portfolio.
  • Midlands Panel Session on ‘Using innovative thinking to unlock investment and accelerate development plans’. Councillor Abi Brown (deputy leader, Stoke-on-Trent City Council) participated in the panel alongside Nick Taylor (KPMG), Deborah Cadman (WMCA), Martin Reeves (Coventry City Council) and Anthony McCourt (Court Collaboration).
  • Midlands Showcase presentation on the Stoke-on-Trent Station Masterplan, University Quarter and Spode Works hosted by Councillor Brown. This included an announcement on potential options for the redevelopment of the Swift House site.
  • Midlands Panel Session on ‘How can the Midlands create the quantity and quality of homes needed?’ David Frost, Chairman of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP participated in the panel alongside Tom Purnell (Leicestershire County Council), Tim Downing (Pygott & Crone), Owen Michaelson (Harworth Group), Stephen Pratt (Godwin Developments) & Tom Shaw (Ramboll).
  • Midlands Panel Session on Stoke-on-Trent and Energy Securitisation hosted by David Frost. The panel included Councillor Abi Brown, Richard Watts (VXFiber), Peter Anderberg (Nordic Heat), Tim Day (Solarplicity) and Tim Lowe (Siemens). Each gave presentations on their work supporting the City Council’s plans to become a smart and sustainable city.

There were four events in the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire apartment focusing on Stafford Gateway/New Garden Settlement, the Stoke-on-Trent Station Masterplan and Stoke-on-Trent Smart Sustainable City, plus an opening reception on Monday evening which welcomed over 100 delegates.

  • Tuesday evening – ‘Delivering a new County Town Through HS2; Stafford Gateway and Stafford New Garden Settlement’. This included presentations by Councillor Patrick Farrington and Duncan Sutherland (HS2).
  • Wednesday morning – ‘Stoke-on-Trent Station Masterplan, University Quarter & Spode Works’. This included presentations by Councillor Abi Brown, Professor Martin Jones (Staffordshire University) and Duncan Sutherland (HS2).
  • Wednesday evening – ‘Building a Smart Sustainable City for Stoke-on-Trent’. This included presentations by Tim Lowe (Siemens), Tim Day (Solarplicity), Peter Anderberg (Nordic Heat) and Richard Watts (VXFIBER).

The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP dinner was attended by a full house of 30 people from a range of sponsors, public sector partners, developers and professional service providers. These included Wardell Armstrong, Gleeds, Network Space, Stoford Developments, Knights LLP, Faithful and Gould, Solarplicity, VX Fiber, HS2 Growth Partnership, Staffordshire University, Harworth Estates, Siemens, Hilton Hotels, Nordic Heat, Öresundskraft and the Midlands Engine. The discussion during the dinner was chaired by David Frost with significant contributions from Councillors Farrington, Winnington and Brown.

Major manufacturing Growth Zone plans unveiled at MIPIM

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A collection of new high-value manufacturing, business and logistics investment opportunities in Wolverhampton and Staffordshire has been unveiled at MIPIM in Cannes.

The M54 Wolverhampton – Staffordshire High Growth Zone will be one of the biggest in the UK and was today (13 March) showcased at The Right Landscape for Growth hotspot at the global property forum.

The Growth Zone consists of six strategic cluster sites next to the M54 and junctions 10a and 12 of the M6.

It builds on the i54 joint venture formed by City of Wolverhampton, Staffordshire and South Staffordshire councils in 2012, working closely with private sector partners.

The Growth Zone has the potential to deliver more than 11m sq ft of floor space and 20,000 jobs over 15 sites.

It provides investors, developers and occupiers with exciting opportunities over a ten-year programme.

The six strategic cluster sites are i54, Wobaston Park, Wolverhampton Business Park, ROF Featherstone, Mercury Park and Vernon Park, and West Midlands Interchange and Four Ashes Park.

Councillor John Reynolds, City of Wolverhampton Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “This is a great opportunity to join global brands in a nationally significant growth zone.

“These strategic sites are centrally located with first-class connectivity and major public-sector infrastructure investment.

“The scale of the proposition makes it one of the biggest in the UK and also offers access to a highly skilled workforce.”

The first cluster is the final 15 acres on plots C, D and E at i54, where the likes of Jaguar Land Rover, Moog, ISP, Eurofins, ERA and Atlas Copco (Tentec) are located.

The i54 partnership is now proposing a 100-acre western extension of the site, off junction 2 on the M54.

Wobaston Park offers two adjacent sites with easy access to the newly-improved Wobaston Road and M54, with planning permission for B1, B2 and B8 use.

Further north along the A449 is Wolverhampton Business Park on M54 Junction 2, which boasts available plots for professional services and end occupiers.

It is already home to Sunday Times top-ten company, Charter Court Financial Services.

ROF Featherstone, just north of M54, junction 2, is a 60-acre former ordnance site, owned by St Francis Group. It includes plans for a 30-acre extension. Joint venture partners are funding a new access route to the site, which will be followed by a planning application later this year, with plots available from 2020.

Mercury Park and Vernon Park lie just off M54 junction, where there are opportunities to join brands like Mann & Hummel, DHL, Squire, Hough and J Banks.

West Midlands Interchange is a proposition developed by Four Ashes Ltd – a joint venture between Grosvenor First, Kilbride Group and Piers Monkton. It will have direct freight access to the West Coast mainline and onward to the nation’s key deep-water ports. It will be subject to a ministerial development consent order this year, highlighting the significance of this national infrastructure project.

Four Ashes Park is the new home to international manufacturer Gestamp. It has also seen international developer First Panattoni invest in a 400,000 sq ft speculative build. The private investment is matched by public sector investment already being developed to support business growth and success.

The M54 Wolverhampton – Staffordshire High Growth Zone is supported by the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, West Midlands Combined Authority, and Midlands Engine.

Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader, Mark Winnington, said: “The M54 high growth zone presents huge opportunities for global investors and so presenting it at MIPIM is a vital part of our marketing of the area.

“All of the sites within the zone complement each other and are already home to world-leading brands which are playing an important part in UK and regional growth.

“The fact that the zone contains thriving enterprise hubs is due in no small part to the highly successful partnership of councils which has levered in millions of pounds of private investment.

“Its central location and road and rail links of course strengthen our pitch and we expect more improvements to infrastructure.

“The continued expansion and growth of the zone will create thousands more quality jobs in our area and ensure we have a skilled workforce to meet the needs of future business.”

Major Manufacturing Growth Zone Plans Unveiled at MIPIM

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M54 Growth Zone AnnouncementA collection of new high-value manufacturing, business and logistics investment opportunities in Staffordshire and Wolverhampton have been unveiled at MIPIM in Cannes.

The M54 Wolverhampton – Staffordshire High Growth Zone will be one of the biggest in the UK and was today (Tuesday) showcased at The Right Landscape for Growth hotspot at the global property forum.

The Growth Zone consists of six strategic cluster sites next to the M54 and junctions 10a and 12 of the M6.

It builds on the award-winning i54 joint venture formed by City of Wolverhampton, Staffordshire and South Staffordshire councils in 2012, working closely with private sector partners.

The Growth Zone has the potential to deliver more than 11 million sq ft of floor space and 20,000 jobs over 15 sites.

It provides investors, developers and occupiers exciting opportunities over a ten-year programme.

The six strategic cluster sites are i54 South Staffordshire, Wobaston Park, Wolverhampton Business Park, ROF Featherstone, Mercury Park and Vernon Park, and West Midlands Interchange and Four Ashes Park.

Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said: “The M54 high growth zone presents huge opportunities for global investors and so presenting it at MIPIM is a vital part of our marketing of the area.

“All of the sites within the zone complement each other and are already home to world-leading brands which are playing an important part in UK and regional growth.

“The fact that the zone contains thriving enterprise hubs is due in no small part to the highly successful partnership of councils which has levered in millions of pounds of private investment. Its central location and road and rail links of course strengthen our pitch and we expect more improvements to infrastructure.

“The continued expansion and growth of the zone will create thousands more quality jobs in our area and ensure we have a skilled workforce to meet the needs of future business.”

Councillor John Reynolds, City of Wolverhampton Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “This is a great opportunity to join global brands in a nationally significant growth zone.

“These strategic sites are centrally located with first-class connectivity and major public-sector infrastructure investment.

“The scale of the proposition makes it one of the biggest in the UK and also offers access to a highly skilled workforce.”

The first cluster is the final 15 acres on plots C, D and E at i54, where the likes of Jaguar Land Rover, Moog, ISP, Eurofins, ERA and Atlas Copco (Tentec) are located.

The i54 partnership is now proposing a 100-acre western extension of the site, off junction 2 on the M54.

Wobaston Park offers two adjacent sites with easy access to the newly-improved Wobaston Road and M54, with planning permission for B1, B2 and B8 use.

Further north along the A449 is Wolverhampton Business Park on M54 Junction 2, which boasts available plots for professional services and end occupiers.

It is already home to Sunday Times top-ten company, Charter Court Financial Services.

ROF Featherstone, just north of M54, junction 2, is a 60-acre former ordnance site, owned by St Francis Group. It includes plans for a 30-acre extension. Joint venture partners are funding a new access route to the site, which will be followed by a planning application later this year, with plots available from 2020.

Mercury Park and Vernon Park lie just off M54 junction, where there are opportunities to join brands like Mann & Hummel, DHL, Squire, Hough and J Banks.

Four Ashes Park is the new home to international manufacturer Gestamp. It has also seen international developer First Panattoni invest in a 400,000 sq ft speculative build. The private investment is matched by public sector investment already being developed to support business growth and success.

The M54 Wolverhampton – Staffordshire High Growth Zone is supported by the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, West Midlands Combined Authority and Midlands Engine.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Proposed i54 Western Extension

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The City of Wolverhampton Council together with Staffordshire County Council is intending to seek to obtain outline planning permission from South Staffordshire Council for the extension of the i54 development site to provide an additional 24 hectares (60 acres) of land to accommodate up to 100,000m2 of industrial employment floor space. The aerial photo above shows the proposed development site which is located north of Wobaston Road between Pendeford Hall Lane and the i54 site.

Before the planning application is made in the spring of 2018, an opportunity is being provided for the local business and residential community to view and comment on the emerging development proposals

Background to the proposed development

The i54 employment site is now home to Jaguar Land Rover’s new Engine Plant, Moog, ISP and Eurofins. It has recently attracted new occupiers, ERA Home Security who commenced operations at the end of 2017 and Tentec who will complete their facility and start operating early this year. To date over 230,000m2 of new buildings have been occupied and some 2,500 people are employed across the five current ‘operating’ businesses located at i54. It is envisaged that when completed in the coming years, i54 will have provided some 4,600 jobs in total and will have attracted over £1.1billion of private investment.

This good progress has meant that there is little land left at i54 to offer to prospective developers and occupiers, particularly for larger buildings fooprints. The local planning authority South Staffordshire Council has recognised the need to extend the i54 site westwards by allocating some 40 hectares (100acres) for employment development in its new Local Plan Site Allocations Document. That document has been the subject of extensive consultation and was reviewed at a Public Examination hearing in December last year, at which the Planning Inspector expressed support for the proposal. It is anticipated that the Local Plan document will be adopted by South Staffordshire Council this summer.

The proposed i54 western extension land includes 24 hectares (60 acres) owned by City of Wolverhampton Council. On the basis of this planning policy commitment, the City Council together with its partner Staffordshire County Council (the i54 Development Partners) is intending to bring forward its land including an access road for employment development to capture further investment and create over 1,500 more jobs.

The intention is for the i54 Development Partners to submit an outline planning application to South Staffordshire Council in the spring of this year. This would include an Environmental Impact Assessment. It is envisaged that this application would be decided in the autumn of this year.

For more information visit http://www.i54online.com/western-extension

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Multi-million pound business investment creates thousands of Staffordshire jobs

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Investment totalling nearly £400million in Staffordshire business developments since 2014 will lead to the creation of over 13,000 jobs on schemes completed as part of the county council’s growth programme.

A report published today states that since 2014, economy boosting projects with a total value of £383million have been completed, are under construction or being planned. Of this total, some £56million of direct investment will come from the county council. This means that for every £1 invested by the county council an additional £15 is levered in from the private sector or from the Government.

The number of small businesses with fewer than 49 employees in Staffordshire is growing and makes up 96 per cent of all businesses in the county. Larger businesses account for 55 per cent of employment in Staffordshire, reinforcing their role in the local economy. Staffordshire has seen near full employment for some time with just one per cent of the local population claiming unemployment benefits. This is lower than both regional and national averages.

In addition to its business development investment, the county council has continued to develop its business support programme. This includes the delivery of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Growth Hub on behalf of the Local Enterprise Partnership. The hub has helped more than 4,300 local companies since it was set up in 2014.

Redhill StaffordSuccessful development schemes have included i54 South Staffordshire, Redhill Business Park in Stafford and Kingswood Lakeside in Cannock. The county council is also supporting development at Branston Locks near Burton and Bericote Four Ashes in South Staffordshire.

Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said: “Staffordshire’s economy is in healthy shape and this report demonstrates how far we have come in a relatively short time. We have seen considerable investment in the last three years which has seen significant returns and will result in the creation of thousands of jobs.

“It is a county council priority to do all we can to create the right conditions for businesses to grow and thrive. As figures suggest, employment is fairly evenly distributed across large and small businesses and so it is important that we promote a mixed and balanced economy.

“We have established a number of good quality employment sites with more in the pipeline which gives us a strong basis to make the most of Government funding opportunities. We are continuing to support businesses of all sizes and attract new investment and look forward to building on our successes into 2018.”

The economic growth capital and development programme report will be discussed by the county council’s Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee next Friday December 15.

Tentec build at i54 South Staffordshire now under way

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World-leading Swedish engineering group Atlas Copco has started the build of a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at i54 South Staffordshire.

It is the third major business in recent months to begin construction at the advanced manufacturing hub.

The development will be the new headquarters of Tentec Ltd which is one of the leading providers of bolt tensioning solutions globally.

The bespoke facility will provide 46,000 sq ft (4,289 sq m) of high quality production and office space for 80 employees and Tentec expects this number to grow as the operation expands.

Midlands property company Mucklow Group Plc is developing the property on behalf of Atlas Copco and Tentec, with a collective investment of more than £10 million.

Tentec Ltd, part of the Atlas Copco group, was formed over 28 years ago and the company designs, manufactures and distributes a wide range of class leading hydraulic bolt tensioning tools from their existing site in West Bromwich.

The tools it makes are renowned for their reliability and accuracy and they are used both on land and in deep sea applications.

An award-winning partnership of three councils is behind the success of i54 South Staffordshire – Staffordshire County Council, City of Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire. The site is also home to Jaguar Land Rover, MOOG, and ISP.

Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader, Mark Winnington, added: “The i54 South Staffordshire success story continues and we are seeing near full occupancy on site. These are high-end businesses providing skilled local jobs and research and training facilities. Tentec’s presence at the site furthers its reputation as a leading regional hub for advanced manufacturing and engineering. This is great news for our economy and local job creation. It again demonstrates that Staffordshire is the place to do business.”

Tentec director and general manager David Jones said: “The new Atlas Copco facility will further enhance our UK footprint with a global centre of excellence to support our worldwide client base within the Energy segment business area. It will also provide the platform to further grow the business where our standard products are used extensively in the oil and gas, power generation industries. The company also has the ability to design and manufacture hydraulic tooling for special bespoke applications in most industries where controlled bolt tightening is required. “Operations within the facility will encompass R and D development, training and demonstration areas, engineering design, sales and logistics support, extensive manufacturing and assembly processes thus enabling us to provide world class Atlas Copco and Tentec branded products based on sustainable productivity.”

Development director at Mucklow Mark Vernon said: “It has been great to work with the Tentec team to ensure this state-of-the-art production unit meets its exact requirements.  This is the first of up to four manufacturing facilities which we can accommodate on this high-profile site and we are able to offer fast-track delivery to occupiers.”

The Tentec development follows hot on the heels of Eurofins, the food testing company, beginning a £1.5 million major expansion last month. More than 10,000 sq ft of laboratories will be added to its UK headquarters. The Belgian-owned company moved its operations onto i54 South Staffordshire five years ago.

Home security firm ERA is also three months into the construction of a state-of-the-art product development, manufacturing and distribution facility at its new i54 South Staffordshire headquarters. The   purpose built 135,000 sq ft facility will include design, prototyping, testing, manufacturing, assembly, warehousing and a customer training centre. It is scheduled to be completed in October.

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ERA Secures New Home On i54 South Staffordshire

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Leading commercial property developer Stoford has secured funding for a state-of-the-art HQ, manufacturing, R&D and distribution centre in Wolverhampton for security hardware and electronics firm ERA, a division of Tyman plc.

Aberdeen Asset Management PLC, on behalf of institutional clients, has agreed to fund a new 135,625 sq ft unit at the i54 business park in Wolverhampton on land purchased from Staffordshire County Council.

Established in 1983, the international investment management group manages assets for both institutions and private investors from offices around the world.

The multi-million pound development will provide a high bay, single sided loaded manufacturing and distribution facility with 25,000 sq ft of office space. A ERA, which currently has offices in Willenhall, Wolverhampton and Coventry, is a UK leader in the design, development, manufacture and distribution of innovative solutions for the home security market.

Commenting on the move, ERA CEO Darren Waters said: ai54 is an outstanding business location with excellent transport links.A Itas a great fit with our long term strategy and will help to differentiate our brand, both as a supplier and leading employer.a

ERA will join occupiers such as Moog, Eurofins, ISP and Jaguar Land Rover which last year announced it would be doubling the size of its engine manufacturing centre at the business park.

Roger Annis, Fund Manager at Aberdeen Asset Management PLC, said: aThe new motorway junction from the M54 directly on to the park has transformed this location into a key component and growth area of the Midlands industrial conurbation.A We are delighted to be able to fund this high quality facility which will provide our investors with a long term, sustainable income stream and allow ERA, which has a long heritage in UK manufacturing dating back to 1838, to continue to thrive in a modern, purpose built and flexible facility.

Dan Gallagher, joint managing director at Stoford, said: aWeare delighted that Aberdeen Asset Management has chosen to fund ERAas new home in Wolverhampton.

ai54 has brought considerable investment to the area and has led to the creation of a great number of jobs. Located within an Enterprise Zone and with direct access to the M54, it is a key strategic site with a number of major occupiers manufacturing and transporting goods across the country. Weare positive ERA will feel right at home.a

Staffordshire County Councilas economy leader, Mark Winnington, said: ai54 South Staffordshire is now renowned for leading global business and innovation. ERA has a proud industrial heritage and is now a leading player in home security products. The move to its new HQ will allow the company to continue to expand and innovate in modern, purpose-built facilities. We now look forward to Stoford, which is delivering other job bosting schemes in Staffordshire, starting the development very soon. ERAas addition to i54 South Staffordshire is another significant milestone in the siteas development, bringing more investment and jobs to our area.a

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