A new chapter has begun today (July 28) for Infinity Park in Derby – the 100 acre commercial and technology park, which is part of the Nottingham and Derby Enterprise Zone overseen by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.
Senior Derbyshire MPs Patrick McLoughlin and Dame Margaret Beckett, Derby City Council Leader Councillor Ranjit Banwait and Group President of Rolls-Royce plc Colin P Smith were among around 100 invited guests to attend today’s official opening of the T12 Link Road (known as Infinity Park Way), connecting the Infinity Park site with the A50 road.
Rolls-Royce models, (like those pictured) including a classic ‘Silver Ghost’ , and modern Toyota models built at Derbyshire’s Burnaston plant were driven on the road as part of its opening. The road is due to open fully for public use at 2.30pm today.
Infinity Park Derby is a prime, 100 acre commercial and technology park, just south of Derby city. It is a collaboration between Derby City Council, the Harpur Crewe Estate, Rolls-Royce, the University of Derby and developers Cedar House Investments, Wilson Bowden and Peveril Securities. The site offers a wide range of buildings to meet different sectors’ needs and company sizes; with offices, industrial use and warehouse space of up to a million square feet.
The Infinity Park site is part of the Nottingham and Derby Enterprise Zone, the strategic development of which is overseen by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership. D2N2 is a private sector led partnership of business, local authorities, higher and further education providers, voluntary and community sector organisations, and others which promotes economic growth and jobs creation across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
Through its current Local Growth Fund allocation (of £192million) D2N2 is set to invest £12.9million in Infinity Park (mainly in infrastructure, such as roads) between 2015-2021. The Chairman of Cedar House Investments – one of Infinity Park’s main joint developers – is Peter Gadsby, a long-standing business representative on the D2N2 Board.
David Ralph, Chief Executive of the D2N2 LEP – who attended today’s opening – said:
“D2N2 is fully committed to Infinity Park as an area for growth in Derby and along with the other sites which make up the Nottingham & Derby Enterprise Zone, I believe it is a key asset for the D2N2 area and will help to create jobs, attract investment and boost the economy.”
Today’s opening included the unveiling of a commemorative plaque. It was the first event to be officially hosted at the £11.8m ihub building on the site, which houses the ‘Centre for Supply Chain Innovation in Transport Engineering’, created to reinforce Derby’s status as the ‘UK capital of innovation’.
In addition to Infinity Park there are four Nottinghamshire sites in the Nottingham and Derby Enterprise Zone; the Boots site, Beeston Business Park, Nottingham Science Park and the MediPark site.