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A business and technical park in Runcorn, Cheshire, is set for a new development that will incorporate areas of office space and laboratories after planning authorities gave their support to the initiative.
SOG, which owns and operates the park, welcomed the decision to allow the addition of a new single-storey building and said the scheme should help create high-skilled jobs in the area.
The office and laboratory building has been named Quantum House, with the north-west based design company RJ Lewis Projects having drawn up the relevant plans to form part of a wider multi-million pound expansion effort at the Runcorn business park.
The Heath has been home to several businesses and important local employers for a number of years with an expansion plan having kicked into gear in 2009 with the addition of a two-storey 7,500 sqft office building called Progressive House.
Expectations are currently for Quantum House to be open for business from the early part of 2013, with a total of 13,000 sqft of floor space scheduled to be delivered.
“We are delighted to be pushing ahead with a further exciting new research and development facility which will provide a base for more highly skilled jobs,” said Carol Thomas, SOG’s finance director.
“It is another example of the Heath Business and Technical Park’s ethos of nurturing talent and a boost to the further development of high-tech business in Halton,” she added.
Plans to build a new offices and lab space at the business park were approved by Hatton local council.
SOG counts the IT specialist company Progressive Solutions among its key clients with the firm occupying the full two storeys at Progressive House. There are roughly 150 companies currently occupying space at the Runcorn business park.