SmartParc’s plans for a high-tech food manufacturing campus on the former Celanese site near Spondon have been given the green light by Derby City Council.
Designed to address the challenges facing the food industry, the planned 1.8m sq ft collaborative hub, will provide state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, start-up incubation units and a potential location for a Food Manufacturing Technology Centre of Excellence.
Combining new purpose-built food production units with a central distribution facility, a technology centre and dedicated energy centres through the parc, the company’s approach will bring food producers together to cluster knowledge and investment. It will also create up to 5,000 direct jobs.
The flagship Spondon site, located in Derby, is part of SmartParc’s ambition to provide a new sustainable blueprint for the industry. This will harness the latest developments such as vertical farming and smart technology to improve production and energy efficiency, reducing costs and increasing competitive advantage for parc tenants.
Reduction strategies for food waste, food miles and carbon output will also be implemented increasing UK food security and UK PLC competitiveness on the global stage.