16 Jul 2010

New development has the right ingredients for food and drink sector

The first development of its kind in the West Midlands, the Shropshire Food Enterprise Centre is now open for business, providing an ideal environment for new and growing businesses in the food and drink industry.

This landmark building has been designed by Aedas Architects who have offices within Shrewsbury, constructed by Allenbuild with project management provided by Davis Langdon. A large percentage of the materials used within the build were sourced from within the region.

Located on a Greenfield site, the 2,550 sq m steel framed building features a double height space of curtain walling at the entrance. Externally, the building incorporates a number of materials including cedar cladding and blue engineering brick.

All aspects of the building have been designed to achieve the highest sustainability standards, with the building being awarded a BREEAM ‘very good’ rating. This includes such features as use of recycled rain water, solar powered heating, under-floor heating, an energy management system and a sustainable drainage system. There are cycle spaces and a cycle route runs past the building.

The centre is a jointly funded project between Shropshire Council and Advantage West Midlands, and managed by Heart of England Fine Foods. Its aim is to support the food and drink sector, which has been identified as a priority sector for economic growth in Shropshire.

This is further complemented by the facility being built within a 24-acre site designated for food use on the Battlefield Enterprise Park, north-east of Shrewsbury. Greenhills Enterprise Park is owned by public private sector PXP West Midlands; a limited partnership between Advantage West Midlands, Langtree and the Bank of Scotland Corporate.