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The Leeds office of St. Modwen has been granted planning permission to deliver a 22,000 sq m BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rated site for Siemens at the proposed Teal Park site, in North Hykeham, near Lincoln.

The plans received unanimous approved from North Kesteven District Councillors this week.

Property consultants, Drivers Jonas Deloitte, act as planning advisors for the £20 million proposed scheme on behalf of St. Modwen.

The state of the art, 135,000 sq ft, bespoke facility will be home to 500 jobs, helping to underpin Siemens operations and secure the long term employment opportunities within Lincolnshire.

The approval paves the way for work to begin on the 6,953 sq m of offices, 7,849 sq m of workshop and 5,029 sq m of warehouse, along with 2,000 sq m of testing facilities and associated works.  Building work is expected to start this month, with completion due by the end of 2012.

Employing approximately 1,500 people in Lincolnshire, Siemens is one of the county’s largest private sector employers. The company’s Lincolnshire facilities design, manufacture and service gas turbines for Siemens’ power range and export to more than 88 countries.

The proposed site at Teal Park will achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, believed to be the first BREEAM ‘Excellent’ office or commercial building in North Kesteven. This will be reached by using thermal and lighting zoning within the buildings in order to reduce energy consumption, recycling of materials on the site, provision of electric charging points for cars, rainwater harvesting and the use of photovoltaic technology, as well as high quality landscaping and ecological mitigation.

Stephen Prosser, Yorkshire and North East Regional Director for St. Modwen Properties, commented: “We are delighted to have received consent for the detailed planning permission. Drivers Jonas Deloitte has done an excellent job of securing consent for this important project which now opens the door for us to progress this vital facility for Siemens.

“As Siemens’ development partner, we have worked closely with Siemens, North Kesteven District Council, Drivers Jonas Deloitte and various other parties involved to ensure that this complex project moves forward and the facility can be successfully delivered.”

Will Martin, Senior Planner from Drivers Jonas Deloitte, Leeds Office, said: “This development is a significant step forward for investment and jobs in the region. The scheme will not only be one of the ‘greenest’ manufacturing buildings in the UK, it will secure employment, and aims to achieve sustainable growth in the region, as well as further cementing Lincolnshire’s offering in the manufacturing sector.“We are pleased to receive the unanimous support of members today, which demonstrates the significance of this development for North Kesteven, but also the work and effort put in by the development team.”