D2N2 LEP has announced it will be investing £12m from Government’s Getting Building Fund into the large-scale redevelopment of the former Celanese site near Spondon in Derby to create a high-tech food manufacturing and distribution campus. The investment is the biggest single allocation from D2N2’s £44m share of the fund.
SEGRO has been announced as the development partner for the project, they will work with SmartParc to create a new asset class dedicated to ‘state of the art’ food manufacturing and distribution. SmartParc SEGRO Spondon paves the way for the food industry to collaborate to meet the challenges of sustainable production whilst addressing the need for efficient direct routes to consumers.
As development partner, SEGRO will provide a multi-million-pound investment to regenerate the brownfield site. SmartParc will provide the onsite managed services, supporting the food community to increase production efficiency and drive reduced operational costs through collaborative working. SmartParc’s revolutionary energy sharing infrastructure will utilise wind and solar combined with central services, to deliver the most sustainable food production community in the country.
5,000 jobs will be created directly as a result of the project, which has received grant funding from Derby City Council in addition to that provided by D2N2. Planning permission for the site was granted by the Council in June.