£2.8m technology park officially opens

HOLBEACH's new £2.8m state of the art technology park has been officially opened.

The park, which has been developed by Lincolnshire County Council and the University of Lincoln, has created 70 jobs.

It has been built at the university's Holbeach campus next to George Farmer Technology College in Park Road.

The project saw refurbishment of the university's former agricultural training centre to create a state of the art food training facility.

It boasts chemical and microbiology laboratories, hi-tech food preparation and testing kitchens and general teaching space.

The park was officially opened by John Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings, on Thursday and will act as a hub for food-related research and training in the area.

Gary Cook, director of research and commercial partnerships for the University of Lincoln, said: "It was a really wonderful day.

"It was so good to see so many of the partners with us, particularly representatives from Lincolnshire Development and Lincolnshire Enterprise, which have provided funding for the project.

"It was also good to meet many supporters who are looking forward with us to seeing Holbeach Technology Park play a major role in supporting businesses in the community of South Holland.

"We were delighted to have John Hayes as the guest of honour.

"He was very inspiring in the things he said about the importance of continuing education and the role of a site like Holbeach."

The site has three main areas - lecture rooms, incubator units and laboratories.

It has three new laboratories and a Learn Direct centre, which will include high speed Internet connection, information technology facilities and a support mechanism for part-time studies for companies' employees.

The laboratories are open to the community, George Farmer Technology College and any new or expanding businesses.