12 May 2020
The asphalting of a new spine road through the Enterprise Zone, opening up 100 acres of development land and linking all of MEPC’s latest industrial schemes at Silverstone Park, is a visible demonstration of MEPC’s investment in, and commitment to, the progress of the park.
Main contractor Barnwood Construction Ltd has enforced strict hygiene and social distancing rules on site, enabling its workforce to press ahead with the project.
MEPC’s Roz Bird, Commercial Director for Silverstone Park, said: “Surfacing the spine road is significant – this is a big piece of infrastructure that opens up and services all the land in the Enterprise Zone.
“It will make it much easier for businesses to understand the opportunity at the park.
“It also brings the land, and the development opportunity, much closer to market – reducing the time it would take to deliver a new building for a company that wants to open a facility here.”
The spine road is being completed at the same time as Barnwood is on site with MEPC’s latest scheme of industrial and workshop units, totalling 258,000 sq ft, where it is reported that interest remains strong, despite the difficult times faced by many due to the COVID-19 situation.
Chris Kimber-Nickelson, MEPC’s Senior Development Manager for Silverstone Park, provided more details.
He explained: “Groundworks (foundations) are well progressed and utilities (leading from the multi-utility trench laid in 2019) are being installed.
“The cladding of two of the larger units is already taking shape and we are now part-way through the fit-out of the smaller terraced units.
“The next phase includes the foundations and steel frames going up on the final two large units.”
He added: “In terms of the COVID-19 situation, Barnwood have really stepped up and introduced a raft of hygiene rules and site briefings for staff and other contractors on site and they are strictly following the Construction Leadership Council’s ‘Site Operating Procedures’.
“We and Barnwood will continue to monitor the situation and continue to react accordingly to government advice.”