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Bruntingthorpe to open major new Innovation Park

20 Jan 2012

A prestigious Innovation Park, catering for the high-performance engineering sector, is to be developed on the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground and airfield site following granting of planning permission for three new high-tech buildings. The investment is seen as a major boost to one of Britain’s most successful industries and a key export earner.

Dave Walton, managing director of Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, said he was delighted the development had been given the go-ahead: “It means we can start the New Year in the knowledge that our new, ultra-modern development will bring opportunities and commercial benefits to what is a thriving industry – one that is contributing significantly to the national economic recovery.

“It also means that we can further embark on our mission to ensure that facilities at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground are world-class. And it certainly helps us to continue to enhance our site, having spent considerable time and investment over the past few years implementing features and facilities to reduce impact on the local environment.”

Mr Walton said the new buildings would complement other recently-constructed units, themselves totalling 24,000 sq ft. These are now home to four successful companies. All are involved in the automotive and aerospace sectors.

The largest of the three newest buildings, all of which will be served by a proposed reconfigured site entrance and access road, offers 18,000 sq ft of space. The next-largest provides 15,000 sq ft while the third offers 14,000 sq ft. All have been designed to the highest environmental and aesthetic standards and will be built by leading Midlands construction group, Westleigh Developments, of Enderby, Leicestershire.

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