100 jobs in £10m green office plan

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Leeds-based property developer Prospect Property Group has been given the go ahead for a £10m environmentally sustainable office scheme at Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster that is set to create more than 100 jobs.

The new Doncaster International Business Park will provide office accommodation for 134 staff in 41 ‘workpod’ office units.

Richard Burns, of Prospect Property Group, said: “We are really excited about this development, which breaks new ground in all sorts of ways. The green credentials of the workpods are second to none and we are raising the bar for office accommodation with the sustainability, flexibility and impressively low running costs of these office units.”

The workpods’ sustainable design agenda includes a ‘fabric first’ approach to energy efficiency, using the structure of the building to retain heat, rather than relying on renewable energy devices such as solar panels and ground-source heat-pumps. With super-high insulation, absolute air-tightness, and large windows and roof lights to harvest the sun’s energy, the office units will retain maximum heat inside the buildings.

The £10m project has secured European ERDF funding on the strength of its potential to create new employment in South Yorkshire, and will be developed in two phases, with contractors due to start work on the first phase of the scheme this month. Negotiations are already advanced to appoint agents and completion of phase I is expected in May 2015.

“We are already seeing enquiries about the workpods from small businesses that have outgrown incubator space and are looking for the right location for growth and expansion,” said Richard.