First firm moves into new eco-park

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A MULTI-million pound business park has welcomed its first tenant – nearly a year after its units were finished.

The South Queensway Enviro21 Park was seen as one of the potential driving forces behind the town’s regeneration, and when plans for the development were announced the people behind it said it would create more than 500 jobs for the area.

However, months on from the first four units being ready, only one firm has moved in.

Poppypac Ltd, an environmentally-conscious manufacturer for the health and beauty industry, has leased two units at the Queensway site.

The delay in uptake has been put down to the time it has taken the firm to fit out the 12,628sq ft space and work on finishing access roads, and the business is now looking forward to moving in.

Louise Deering, director at Poppypac, said: “We’re delighted to move to these units.

“The Enviro 21 scheme mirrors our vision for low-carbon business and we’re excited to be in at the start.

“We’re now able to offer our health and beauty clients a unique selling point by developing products on a state-of-the-art, forward-looking business park.”

The units boast a host of sustainable features – including high thermal insulation and natural ventilation. There is also biomass heating and each unit is expected to emit 42 per cent less CO2 than typical premises of the same size.

Of the ready-to-lease buildings there are two left and a spokesman for Sea Space, the firm behind the development, told the Observer: “We are in talks with several other potential occupiers for the two units still available but nobody we can name just yet.”

And it also confirmed that plans for a giant wind turbine are still in place despite the fact no work has started on it yet.

However, the spokesman did confirm that it would not include a viewing platform, as was initially suggested by local councillors.