Work is progressing quickly at Southend-on-Sea’s new Airport Business Park, with Readie Construction now breaking ground for Phase 2 infrastructure and enabling works.
The 21-hectare multi-use business park is being delivered in a joint venture partnership between Henry Boot Developments (HBD) and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and has received £20m worth of government funding for the £150m project.
Construction is well underway on a 124,000 sq ft unit for the first occupier, IPECO Holdings, which will move into its new home in early 2020 after being given the green light in November 2018. IPECO Holdings are an aircraft seating specialist who will seek to benefit from this prime location adjacent to London Southend Airport.
Investment in Southend-On-Sea
Airport Business Park Southend forms a central part of an ambitious new vision for Southend-on-Sea, and will include flexible business space, HQ-style office buildings, large-scale industrial and warehousing space, hotel facilities and appropriate A3 occupiers (including restaurants and cafes).
The scheme also boasts superfast network speeds, in line with the Council’s “Gigabit City” initiative, which will see Southend become one of the first towns/cities in the country to benefit from a full fibre service which covers nearly every business and home in the town.
Directly adjacent to London Southend Airport and close to major road and rail connections, Airport Business Park Southend’s connectivity is proving a draw for potential occupiers.
Airport Business Park Southend is located within a national priority area for growth and regeneration, with £65m worth of investment already having been identified for the next five years in Southend.
A Launchpad for Innovation
Planning has also been submitted to Rochford District Council for the Launchpad, which will be part of Airport Business Park Southend and is a facility dedicated to championing innovation in the area for start-ups and SMEs. The Launchpad is proposed to be three storeys in height, with a mix of offices, workshops, research facilities and break out spaces, along with a café and seminar space, and is being funded by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) Local Growth Fund.
Members of the public will be able to view proposed plans at The Forum and Rochford District Council offices from Monday 8th July. 25,000 sq ft of incubator spaces designed to attract start-ups and SMEs.
Airport Business Park Southend is vital to driving opportunity, prosperity and economic growth of both Southend-on-Sea and the wider region. It will create more local employment and provide opportunities for local businesses to expand and new ones to invest. I am delighted to see Phase 2 works starting and the planning application submitted for The Launchpad – a building that will champion innovation and be a hub of activity at this exciting new development.
Southend Cabinet Member for Business, Culture and Tourism
Office space next to London Southend Airport
Airport Business Park Southend is adjacent to London Southend Airport, the fastest growing airport in Europe. London Southend Airport offers a smooth, seamless experience, with plane to train times of 15 minutes. It is also home to Europe’s two largest airlines in terms of passengers served, Ryanair and easyJet.
Airport Business Park is an important scheme for Southend, with £150million being invested in delivering high-quality space and infrastructure and building a collaborative ecosystem that acts as a catalyst for growth. As neighbour to the fastest growing airport in Europe, and with links to national road and rail networks, it has seen strong interest from potential occupiers. The scheme continues to progress quickly, and we look forward to announcing new occupiers in the coming months.
Senior Development Surveyor
Henry Boots Developments (HBD) London
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