Holbeach Food Enterprise Zone will have ground breaking ceremony next week
Construction work at a multi-million pound project will reach an important stage next week.
Ground will be broken and main construction will start on the University of Lincoln’s bespoke agri-food research and development facility at the new Food Enterprise Zone (FEZ) in Holbeach.
The milestone represents the next phase of construction following the ground works which began in summer last year, with completion of the building due early in 2021.
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A ground breaking ceremony will take place on Monday.
Prof Val Braybrooks, MBE, Dean of Holbeach, said: "We are delighted to celebrate this milestone and look ahead to the many benefits the new Centre of Excellence will bring to businesses across Lincolnshire and beyond.
"The agri-food sector and its supply chains are of enormous importance to the county economically, and evolving global food markets are creating unprecedented opportunities for both established and early stage businesses as suppliers of innovative new products and technologies.
"This new facility is designed to house a community of leading industrial scientists and their support teams, working to meet the innovation, research and knowledge transfer needs of Greater Lincolnshire’s agri-food businesses.”
The Centre of Excellence in Agri-food Technology will be the linchpin of the FEZ, delivering innovation support services, pioneering research, skills provision and knowledge exchange for agri-food businesses across Lincolnshire and beyond.
As the first building on the site, the Centre of Excellence will build on the success of the University’s Holbeach campus, home to the National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM). It will include microbiology and chemistry laboratories, a high-tech test kitchen and sensory suite, break space, and seminar rooms, and will act as an innovation hub – promoting the rapid uptake of advanced technologies such as robotics and automation and ensuring the UK’s agri-food industry remains competitive.
The FEZis designed to support agri-food businesses, with a particular focus on the food technology sector. When complete, phase one of the multi-million pound development will create around 16,000sq m of new business space, capable of supporting over 400 jobs.
Pat Doody, Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The Holbeach Food Enterprise Zone serves a sector which is the world’s largest production industry, and this sector is currently enjoying very strong growth."
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