Offices feature at former RAF Locking site

Posted on by John Cronin

Construction is due to start on a new mixed-use scheme on the site of a former RAF base in Somerset.

RAF LockingFollowing an agreement between The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and regeneration specialists St. Modwen, construction can now start on the first phase of the large-scale, mixed-use scheme at the former RAF Locking site (pictured) near Weston-super-Mare. The development is to include a mix of residential housing and speculative office buildings.

The first phase, which is due to start in Spring 2011, will see the construction of 100 new houses and offices affording approximately 6,000 sq ft of floor space. Plots will also be readied for the subsequent construction of a 14,000 sq ft office building and a 30,000 sq ft innovation centre. A business park is also planned for the site amounting to some 430,000 sq ft. The RAF Locking site has previously reported that a subsidiary of Oxford Scientific Instruments PLC has committed to leasing 50,000 sq ft of floor space to house their 170 staff.

The redevelopment of the former 200-acre RAF site, to be known as Locking Parklands, will create up to 2,000 new jobs, 1,500 new homes and 450,000 sq ft of quality office space. The complete project is expected to take more than 20 years to complete and is expected to cost around £400m.

The office buildings are to be constructed using the latest energy-saving techniques such as biomass heating and solar air conditioning and are expected to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’. The first phase offices are scheduled to be marketed from mid-2011.

Architects for the regeneration project are the Nash Partnership.

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