New Holbeach Food Enterprise Zone construction to get under way on Wednesday
Work on a new multi-million Food Enterprise Zone (FEZ) in Holbeach is set to start this week.
Foundations are to be laid at a planned Centre of Excellence in Agri-food Technology and business units suitable for food producers located, off the A17 and A151, on Wednesday.
A new access road for the site, to be run by the University of Lincoln, is also planned which, in total, will see the whole project providing about 16,000sq ms of new business space.
Professor Val Braybrooks, Dean of the Holbeach-based National Centre for Food Manufacturing, said: "The Agri-food sector and its supply chains underpin the economy of greater Lincolnshire.
"Growing and evolving global food markets are creating unprecedented opportunities for both established and early stage businesses as suppliers of innovative new products and technologies.
"The Centre of Excellence will provide these businesses with even greater access to the University of Lincoln’s world-leading expertise and facilities, boosting strategies for developing research and development in the agri-food sector and enabling them to invest in new technologies with confidence."
Funding for Holbeach FEZ is coming from the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Lincolnshire County Council and the Midlands Engine Strategy, with South Holland District Council and the University of Lincoln partners in the scheme.
The new FEZ will include microbiology and chemistry laboratories, a high-tech test kitchen and seminar rooms
Coun Nick Worth, the district council's deputy leader and county councillor for Holbeach, said: "This is great news, not only for Lincolnshire but also for South Holland as a district.
"By having a cutting-edge centre for technology in the agri-food sector, it will not only provide fantastic opportunities for highly-skilled jobs to be taken up by the region’s young people, but it will also place Holbeach front and centre as the leading light for food manufacturing technology in the country."