Another milestone to enable the £150m development of Airport Business Park Southend (ABPS) has been reached, with a local contractor now in place to build a new clubhouse for Westcliff Rugby Club.
The club are making the short move to the north of the 1 million square foot development.
The contract has been awarded to local Southend-on-Sea based company AW Hardy who will carry out the work on the clubhouse and will be using local workers alongside the council’s established skills programme and policy.
Work is also progressing on the park itself; with the base construction of the first part of the spine road and roundabout completed. Work will now take place finalise utility plans and then constructing them on the site.
Once built, ABPS is expected to attract occupiers from the medical technology, aviation, advanced engineering and manufacturing sectors as well as some of the high-end support services, including headquarters buildings.
Cllr Ann Holland, Executive Councillor Culture, Tourism and the Economy, says: “The development of a new clubhouse represents the final stage of the rugby club’s relocation, following the development and seeding of the new pitches which are bedding in well under a maintenance contract.
“Initial infrastructure has been completed and looking further forward, Henry Boot Development Ltd is now preparing planning applications for further infrastructure to be developed on the site.
“At the same time as the construction progress continues across the site we are continuing to experience strong levels of enquiries from both local and regional occupiers and look forward to furthering and continuing those discussions with our chosen agency teams and our partner Henry Boot Developments in the weeks and months ahead.
“This project is crucial to the area’s future prosperity, with our plans set to generate thousands of new jobs in attractive, modern business space near London Southend Airport.
“For businesses wanting to know more about the development please visit abp-southend.com for further information.”
Kemsley LLP and Dedman Gray have been appointed to market the development which is being taken forward jointly by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Henry Boot Developments Ltd, supported with funding by Opportunity South Essex and the South East Local Enterprise Partnership. Companies interested in the development are encouraged to visit www.abp-southend.com