Work has completed on a major extension to a Midlands business park which is expected to create 1,000 jobs.

A further 60 acres of land has been added to the west side of i54 South Staffordshire, which is on the county border with Wolverhampton.

The scheme, which has been brought forward by City of Wolverhampton Council, Staffordshire County Council and South Staffordshire Council, is occupied by multi-national businesses such as Jaguar Land Rover, Moog, ISP and Eurofins.

The extension includes 850,000 sq ft of fully-serviced factory platforms ready for new occupiers to build units on for advanced manufacturing, technology, training and innovation.

Councillor Ian Brookfield, City of Wolverhampton Council leader, said: "The team have done an exceptional job to overcome the challenges of the pandemic and make this site ready for new occupiers.

"i54 plays a major part in the lives of thousands of people in Wolverhampton and south Staffordshire and our joint investment at i54 has secured hundreds of millions of pounds of investment and has brought thousands of jobs to the area.

"We have received a lot of interest in the extension from potential occupiers and we expect to be making some major announcements in the coming months on who will be joining the list of prestigious occupiers already at i54.

"We are determined to build on the success of what is already one of the UK's premier advanced manufacturing business parks."

Following investment of more than £1bn, the development has a workforce of about 2,700 people.

Councillor Philip White, Staffordshire County Council's deputy leader and cabinet member for economy and skills, added: "The i54 South Staffordshire western extension has been a significant project for the county council and our partners. It's fantastic that it is now complete with the first development set to get underway soon and others to follow in the coming months."

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