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Start of construction work on the new Rotherwas commercial units

Work has started on the final phase of an £8 million project at Centenary Park, in the heart of Hereford Enterprise Zone (HEZ).

Property developer Priority Space is adding nine new industrial and warehousing units to the site, completing a mixed-use development that already includes nine industrial units and a high-end office development.

The first phase of Centenary Park, in Rotherwas, was completed in 2019. All of its industrial units are now occupied.

The Stirling House offices are home to major employers including surgical equipment makers LeMaitre Vascular, tax firm Jenners and the Hereford Times.

Phase two will provide an additional 17,250 square feet of new speculative workspace and is being built by Britcon on a two-acre site adjacent to phase one. Work is expected to be completed by March 2023.

Centenary Park was developed by Priority Space in partnership with HG Sites and Herefordshire Council. It is part of the town development of Skylon Park, Hereford Enterprise Zone.

Priority Space Director Adam Richardson said, “We are very excited to begin work on the final phase of Centenary Park.

“The first phase was completed before the pandemic and all industrial units are now sold or leased.

“We anticipate interest in these additional units from a wide range of SMEs looking for more space to expand, particularly given the recent growth in the logistics sector, as well as the ‘renewed focus on investing in high-quality, energy-efficient premises to run secure premises and sustainable businesses.’

Hereford Enterprise Zone Chairman Andrew Manning-Cox welcomed Priority Space’s on-site start as Skylon Park enters the final stages of its development.

He said: “Skylon Park has grown over a decade into a vibrant business park that has welcomed foreign and local investors and the valuable job creation that comes with them.

“The Priority Space development provides high-quality workspace for companies wishing to base their operations here with access to skilled workers and ready-to-use supply chains.”

Inquiries to buy or rent the new units, or remaining office space in Stirling House, Park are now handled by Harris Lamb and Jackson Property.