UK: £300m futuristic food production hub to be build near Derby

SEGRO has been named as the development partner for a planned £300m food production and manufacturing facility near Derby. The 1.8m sq ft high-tech food manufacturing campus is to be built on the 155-acre former Celanese site near Spondon, Derby for client SmartParc.

The flagship Spondon site is part of SmartParc’s ambition to change food production in the country with advanced growing technology. 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.

SmartParc’s energy sharing infrastructure will utilize wind and solar combined with central services to deliver the most sustainable food production community in the country.

Today's announcement of the partnership follows Derby City Council granting planning permission in June and £12m grant funding from the Government’s Getting Building Fund.

Jackie Wild, SmartParc CEO, said: “We are delighted to announce SEGRO as our development partner as we work towards our goal of building the first world-leading, sustainable, high-tech food manufacturing and distribution campus. We want to thank everyone involved in realizing this vision in record time.

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