Extension to local enterprise centre gets underway
Released on 25 September 2019
Building work has now started on an extension to the Four Ashes Enterprise Centre in South Staffordshire, which is set to more than double in size.
Due for completion in Spring 2020, the local enterprise centre was first developed in 2004 with the construction of 13 industrial units ranging in size from 807 to 1,614 square feet. The new extension means that another 21 industrial units will be added to the enterprise centre, which is situated off Latherford Close, close to the A449 and within two miles of Junction 2 of the M54 and Junction 12 of the M6 (via the A5).
The new industrial units will range in size but the majority of them will be less than 2,000 square feet so perfect for smaller, start-up businesses. This size of industrial unit is much sought after and in limited supply in the district and the main block of new industrial units will consist of 16 units of this size or smaller. Two additional blocks of industrial units will be built too; one will comprise two industrial units of approximately 900 square feet each and the other will contain three industrial units totalling 8,300 square feet.
All of the new industrial units will be constructed with a steel frame superstructure sited on a reinforced concrete pad foundation. Each will have its own office, kitchen and toilet facility.
The Four Ashes Enterprise Centre is already home to 13 locally based businesses and the majority of them have been based there for a number of years. They cover a broad range of business from light engineering, hygiene products, pest care, services for the construction industry to high quality embroidery and printing services.
The enterprise centre is owned by South Staffordshire Council, which currently manages seven commercial estates with premises provided in a range of sizes and specifications and let on a variety of flexible lease terms. This includes Four Ashes Enterprise Centre, Littleton Business Park in Huntington, South Staffordshire Business Park in Cheslyn Hay, Landywood Enterprise Park in Great Wyrley, Heathmill Enterprise Centre in Wombourne, Hilton Main Industrial Estate in Essington and Wombourne Enterprise Park.
“There are significant economic benefits to the expansion of the Four Ashes Enterprise Centre and we know there is strong demand for this sort of industrial unit in the local area," said Councillor Brian Edwards MBE, Leader of South Staffordshire Council.
“As a Council, it's important that we do everything we can to help the local economy and business community and this extension could bring up to 100 jobs to the area. We're proud to offer a range of services and business premises at competitive prices, especially those that cater for new, starter and small businesses, with the emphasis on locally based entrepreneurs and growth space for existing small enterprises."
“This is a really exciting project to be involved with and it will bring real benefits to the district in terms of jobs and boosting the local economy," added Jonathan Williams, Senior Project Manager at Clugston Construction Limited, which has been appointed to build the Enterprise Centre's new extension. “We're delighted to be involved and we're looking forward to delivering a successful project for the Council."
Left to right: Richard Dobson (Site Manager), Councillor Brian Edwards MBE, Leader of South Staffordshire Council, Jonathan Williams (Senior Project Manager) and Russ Pack (Operations Manager) at Clugston Construction Ltd.
Picture credit - Jon Thorne Photography
For further details contact
South Staffordshire District Council
Tel: 01902 696000