Construction

Spetisbury starts on £4.4m new industrial units at Dorset Innovation Park

By Sam Pither [email protected]

Published: February 8, 2024 | Updated: 8th February 2024

Spetisbury Construction has started work on six new industrial units at Dorset Innovation Park in Winfrith Newburgh, near Wool.

The Wimborne-based firm was appointed by Dorset Council to deliver the units, which range from 200 to 600 square metres. The work is being funded by £4.4 million from the Council’s capital budget.

Spetisbury Construction are working alongside architects Lionel Gregory and structural engineers Godsell Arnold Partnership (GAP) to deliver the project.

The new units are expected to be completed in December of this year.

Justin Ives, Managing Director of Spetisbury Construction, said: “Spetisbury Construction have worked alongside Dorset Council on numerous projects over the last 20 years and has been great to be involved in this most recent and exciting project.

“Our close work with the project team starting over a year ago has resulted in the development of the initial concept to a fully considered design.

“The project has evolved and changed shape on several occasions to meet the needs of the target market however it is now great to be on site and into the construction phase.

“We look forward to delivering this project later in the year and on to future projects with the council’s team. Spetisbury Construction are a regional Chartered Building Company and are proud to be part of the Dorset Council Framework.”

Dorset Innovation Park, which is the county’s only economic development site with Enterprise Zone status, is developing an advanced engineering cluster, focusing on strengths in marine, defence, energy and cyber-security.

It is already home to a variety of businesses, including Qinetiq, Atlas and Norco, as well as the Ministry of Defence which has a presence at the Defence Battlelab based on the site. The new units will allow further businesses to relocate to the park.

Cllr Peter Wharf, Dorset Council elected member for West Purbeck, said: “The Dorset Innovation Park is a significant asset for the county.

“Investment is vitally important for our economic growth ambitions, and these new buildings will provide a space for companies seeking to develop.

“This will bring job opportunities for local people, as well as expansion space for those businesses already on site. I am very much looking forward to seeing these units built and can’t wait to see which new businesses come in and use them.”

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