Building on the successful planning consent achieved in late 2017 for Huntspill Energy Park, the developer Salamanca Group has moved into the project delivery stage. The project will transform a redundant former Ordnance site into a 21st Century Innovation Campus as part of the Heart of the South West (HOTSW) Enterprise Zone.
This project will deliver a state-of-the-art campus providing more than 4000 jobs across the creative digital, logistics and distribution sectors aligning with the governments agenda around productivity and Industrial Strategy. Gravity is the future, naturally.
The site lies in a rural location adjacent to existing villages with inadequate infrastructure to support its transformation into an innovation campus. In response to this challenge, PBA, now part of Stantec, have designed a new link road and green bridge which will connect the site to the A39 and M5 Junction 23. This will provide a gateway to the innovation campus whilst providing a bypass of existing communities which in turn will improve local accessibility, highway safety and the amenity of the existing villages.
Working collaboratively with the developer, Sedgemoor District Council and the Highway Authorities through the planning, design and approvals processes, we have developed a technical solution to unlock the site and in parallel made a successful case to secure growth deal funding from the HOTSW LEP to support the scheme delivery.
It is now anticipated that construction of the new road will commence in mid-2019 and support early phases of development at Gravity. PBA provided great value to this project as without the new link road the full economic potential of the site would not be realised.