The landscaping and infrastructure of Haverhill Research Park is set to be completed imminently.
Secretary of state for communities and local government Eric Pickles got work started on the 450,000 sq ft research park’s infrastructure on November 6, and now the work, being carried out by contractor Breheny Civil Engineering is nearing completion.
The Carisbrooke Investments research park will also have homes, a hotel, pub, creché and landmark entrance all included as part of the scheme.
The first of the 150 homes on the site are due to open in the next few months.
The Arboretum development, being made by Taylor Wimpey, includes 15 affordable homes with the rest private, with sales expected to begin in November.
Of the 15 affordable homes, there will be ten special rented units (three one bedroom and five two bedroom flats and two four bedroom houses) and five shared ownership/intermediate houses (three two bedroom and two four bedroom homes).
The homes were given full planning permission on January 3 after plans for the hotel, creché and family pub, run by Marstons Brewery, had been passed in September.
Nic Rumsey’s Carisbrooke Developments already owns the 55-acre Haverhill Business Park, which includes the Days Inn Hotel, and also the Cambridge Research Park.
Work on the £100 million research park got rolling after loans for £4 million, with half from the New Anglian local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and half from the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP.
Open starting work on the site, MP for Brentwood and Ongar Mr Pickles said:
“I think this has the possibility of being a catalyst for Haverhill.
“I’ve spent most of my life being lectured to have a shovel by my side and now I have one.
“It’s great to see work start here and also great to see cooperation between the two LEPs and the developer.
“This can be a catalyst to get lots of things happening and something the local community can be very proud about.
“Of course it will bring employment to Haverhill but it’s more than that, it’s an exemplary site that fits into the area with a mix of uses on it.”
Carisbrooke has agreed in principle to form a charitable trust to form a £5.9 million innovation centre on the site.
As developers look to compete with the ‘Silicon Fen’ science parks of South Cambridgeshire and lure the first tenant to the 20-acre Haverhill park, which can offer up to 2,000 jobs in low density and high quality landscaped environment, St Edmundsbury Council offered business rates relief worth £275,000 over five years to the first company to move in.
To register an interest in the new homes call 01440 840343.
For information on Taylor Wimpey developments call 01284 773800 or visit www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/eastanglia.
For all the latest news see Thursday’s (September 19) Echo.