Construction has started on Derby’s latest hi-tech joint venture between Derby City Council, Rolls-Royce, the Harpur Crewe Estate, Wilson Bowden Developments and Cedar House Investments. Infinity Park is a £200 million development project due to open in November 2015 and is located by Rolls-Royce’s Derby headquarters. The development will eventually lead to hundreds of new jobs and secure the city’s position of “hi-tech capital” of the UK.
The £11.8 million Innovation Centre designed to support companies in the aerospace, automotive and rail supply chains has also started being built and is due to be completed in October 2015. This development will become the home for Enscite, a collaboration between Derby City Council and Universities of Derby, Aston and Cranfield. Partners at Enscite believe the Innovation Centre and wider park will become the national centre for supply chain innovation in transport engineering by 2020.
Councillor Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council and Cabinet Member for Planning, Environment and Regeneration, said: “The development will offer a unique mix of uses focusing on global technology, research and development. This Labour led administration is committed to encouraging new businesses to the city, helping strengthen our indigenous business community and promoting the strategic importance of developments such as Infinity Park Derby.”