Next phase of Ni.PARK development gets underway

December 2, 2022

The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has welcomed news that construction work has started on three 10,000 sq ft units at Ni.PARK in Newport. 

The work will form the second phase of Telford & Wrekin Council’s innovative 25-acre agricultural technology park. 

Catherine Hawksworth, Senior Surveyor at Telford & Wrekin Council, with Steve Flavell, right, and Dave Fletcher from Morris Property marking the start of Phase 2 construction work at Ni.PARK.

Contractor Morris Property, which completed phase one of the development in October 2021, was commissioned to undertake the eight-month build following a competitive tender.  

Phase two will deliver three larger units, suitable for companies with a focus on supporting the fast-growing agri-tech sector.   

The milestone was marked with a sod cutting ceremony attended by the council’s Senior Surveyor Catherine Hawksworth and Morris Property’s Construction Manager Steve Flavell and Site Manager Dave Fletcher. 

Ni.PARK is a key element in the Newport Innovation and Enterprise Package which delivered the supporting infrastructure package funded jointly funded by Telford & Wrekin Council, the Marches LEP and Homes England. 

The first phase of development delivered a range of smaller industrial units funded by Telford and Wrekin Council.  

Sonia Roberts, chair of the Marches LEP, said the development played a key part in the LEP’s strategy of creating a high-skilled, high-paid economy across the Marches. 

Sonia said: “The Marches is a national leader in the agri-tech sector and playing a crucial role in developing the country’s food security and safeguarding production for years to come.  

“We have countless companies in the region who are at the forefront of developing the agri technologies of the future and it is vital that we create the infrastructure to nurture them so that the Marches economy as a whole benefits from their inspiring work.  

“The success of Ni.PARK will help us continue to deliver on our mission to be at the cutting edge of innovation in the sector and we are delighted to see Phase 2 of the scheme getting underway.” 

Councillor Lee Carter (Lab), Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services, Regeneration and the High Street, said: “Ni.PARK is a growing community for agri-tech businesses, as well as those supporting the agriculture sector with their products and services and the take-up of units has been excellent. 

“Ni.PARK is an extremely well regarded site which is attracting high profile businesses from across the region and around the world who see it as a place to maximise their potential in a prime location. 

“We are looking forward to seeing Phase 2 get underway and further new larger units being built which strengthen the site’s reputation as an agri-tech business centre of excellence.” 

Steve Flavell, Construction Manager at Morris Property added: “We are excited to be able to start work on Phase 2 of Ni.PARK, which is the next step in establishing Newport as a centre for high efficiency agriculture.”  

Richard Bailey, Development Manager at Homes England, said: “It is great to see how the Telford Land Deal is enabling this important next phase at Ni.PARK which brings new investment into the area and create additional job opportunities.  

“Homes England is delighted to be working in partnership with Telford & Wrekin Council, the Marches LEP and Morris Property.” 

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The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has now ceased trading and transferred all its functions to Shropshire Council working with Telford & Wrekin Council and Herefordshire Council, in line with the UK Government's plans for devolution.

The Marches LEP was established in 2011 and hands over an impressive legacy from its 13-year life. In that time the LEP invested over £196m in projects across the Marches, securing in excess of £100m of match funding and supported more than 66,000 business interactions.

The schemes supported have made tangible differences to local communities, increasing skills, creating jobs and improving the physical appearance of many towns.

We would like to thank all the LEP Board Members who have given their time freely over the life of the LEP, as well as all the staff who worked for the LEP over the years. We also want to thank our delivery partners, local education providers and local, regional and national stakeholders who helped us achieve so much.

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