To mark the start of work on the third and final phase of Riduna Park, a purpose-built business park in Melton near Woodbridge, three Silver Birch trees growing on the land where construction is to take place, have been carefully dug up, moved and replanted.
Over the next 10 months, Mixbrow Construction will be working for the developer and landlord, Riduna Holdings, to build nine new business units in three standalone blocks that will be ready to move into by autumn next year.
Designed by KLH Architects, this final phase will go some way to meeting the increasing demand for good quality individual office accommodation. The development which has grown over recent years is now home to a thriving business community which includes, Flagship Group, East Suffolk Council, artisan coffee house Honey & Harvey and entrepreneurial start-up lab, Shout about Suffolk.
An important aspect of the construction at Riduna Park is the impact the development has on its environment. So, the design steps beyond the standard remit, to ensure the new buildings complement the existing landscape. Although community interest company, Greener Growth, is already on site supporting the developer with ongoing maintenance, it has also been appointed by Mixbrow to carry out the soft landscaping and advise on ways that the current wildlife habitats and havens can be sustained and enhanced.
Stuart Leech, Operations Director at Mixbrow commented: “It is important to us, that we mitigate our impact on the local environment. So, we asked for Greener Growth’s help in advising on ways to ensure the finished scheme encourages biodiversity and protects the existing habitats of insects and birds on the site. The first step for us has been relocating the existing trees to their new home.”
Katie Emerson from Riduna Holdings said: “We feel that the surroundings where you work are incredibly important, as it enables you to attract and retain the right staff for your business. We’re lucky to have this location in the heart of the countryside and so close to Suffolk’s coastline, and we feel that part of our responsibility is to protect, sustain and enhance our surroundings for both the flora and fauna.”