Consultation begins over new business park

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New business park Wymondham
The proposed new business park (Photo: Lanpro/Pro-Works)

A public consultation has started to brief and inform stakeholders and neighbours of a new Business Park near Wymondham.

The project is planned by the Goff Group and will be based at their premises near the existing Hethel Innovation Centre, Norwich. The consultation is a key step in the process to obtain feedback from neighbours and interested parties before making a formal planning application.

William Goff said: “The Norwich Energy Innovation Park will create space for the employment of over five hundred people in modern, energy-efficient and low carbon surroundings. This development marks a significant step forward in the company’s ongoing plans to diversify the business and continue the drive towards more sustainable growth.

“The new Norwich Energy Innovation Park is located just over a mile from the hugely successful Hethel Innovation centre and will provide much needed grow-on space for ambitious businesses and new ventures. This really is a huge investment in the potential of Norfolk as a business centre as well as for our business.”

A close collaboration has been formed with the Hethel Innovation Centre in developing the project, and it is anticipated that the Hethel Innovation team will manage both parks after completion.

The Goff Group has also secured planning consent for an anaerobic digester that will convert food and agricultural waste into low-carbon energy, and it is expected that both projects will be delivered in parallel.

Project Manager, Saul Humphrey added: “This latest development is designed to provide flexible space for ‘clean growth’ creating almost 10,000sq m of high quality, low carbon employment space with naturally ventilated offices, meeting rooms, workshops and more.

“All spaces will be available with flexible tenures to suit post-COVID19 requirements and be ideally positioned just off the A11 and on the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor.

“The building is designed to achieve an Outstanding classification under the Building Research Establishment Assessment Method (BREEAM) and as such would be only the second building in Norfolk to achieve such status.”

After planning consent, the new building could be ready to receive the first new occupiers in just fifteen months.