Coventry’s Ansty Park, the Advanced Manufacturing Hub (AMH) in Birmingham, and the newly launched Mucklow Park i54 at Wolverhampton have all recently attracted new hi-tech manufacturers.
Ansty Park, on the outskirts of Coventry, is home to the Manufacturing Technology Centre, and has recently announced a new tenant, FANUC UK, which is part of one of the world’s largest manufacturers of industrial robots.
The firm Is due to move into a new 120,000 sq ft building on the park, developed by Highbridge Properties.
The AMH is gearing up to welcome a new tenant into a new 94,500 sq ft development from partners Trebor and Aviva Investments.
Currently the AMH is home to US hydraulics manufacturer Hydraforce and German owned precision engineering firm Guhring.
The third advanced manufacturing hub is the newly launched Mucklow Park i54, a 239-acre scheme sited between north Wolverhampton and the M54 motorway.
The main development is a £50m joint venture between three neighbouring councils, and was launched ten years ago.
It is home to a number of companies, including Jaguar Land Rover, who have built an advanced engine manufacturing facility there. Other occupiers include Eurofins, MOOG and International Security Printers.
Real estate company Cushman & Wakefield works across all three of the manufacturing hubs.
David Binks, Birmingham-based partner in Cushman & Wakefield’s national logistics and industrial team, said: “Just 20 years ago, sites such as these were not popular due to the restricted nature of the uses – but some of the planning regime that originally created them has survived, and the sites have been preserved as they were intended, for the development of advanced manufacturing.
“When you look at the three of them, you can see that it was the right thing to do to persevere with an idea that was ahead of its time. We are pleased to have a major involvement with all three of these sites, all of which are now being developed at a rapidly increasing rate.”
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