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St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, and developer of the £400 million Locking Parklands scheme in Weston-super-Mare, has taken another step forward with the first phase of development following the completion of the first office building, which will provide ready-to-use high quality office space for small to medium businesses.

Around 6,000 sq ft of office space is available to buy or to let, divided into three 2,000 sq ft ‘own front door’ units, establishing up to 60 jobs locally once businesses are fully operational. The office space is built to meet the highest sustainable credentials with BREEAM Excellent Certification and energy efficiency measures including photovoltaic panels on the roof and daylight sensing lighting which will reduce running costs compared to standard buildings.

Ian Guy, Senior Development Manager for St. Modwen, said: “The office building, together with plans for further commercial space, new homes and community facilities, is part of the new progressive and sustainable style of development planned at Locking Parklands.

“These 2,000 sq ft smaller office buildings will appeal to small businesses that want flexible, ready to go high quality office space in an exceptionally designed environment. We look forward to welcoming new tenants and fulfilling the local employment needs for the region.”

When complete, the scheme will comprise approximately 650,000 sq ft of employment space, including a 30,000 sq ft Innovation Centre, creating around 2,000 employment related jobs, In addition to the commercial aspect of the site, the regeneration of the 200-acre site is set to provide up to 1,250 new homes.”

The HCA has invested around £6m in the first phase of development, taking the total level of its investment in Locking Parklands to more than £12.2m since 2002.