Work has begun on a £20 million environmentally friendly development that will bring a leading UK kitchen and bathroom manufacturer to Worcestershire.
Kohler Mira, parent company of Mira Showers, is the fourth occupier to announce its move to Worcester Six in the last few months, and it marks a significant investment for the company, which is expanding its UK operations.
Kohler Mira already has sites in Gloucester, Cheltenham and Hull, and has selected Worcester Six for the latest phase of its UK growth.
Stoford Developments has appointed Bennimans, a Worcestershire-based contractor to construct the distribution, training and office unit site for the manufacturer. The developer expects to hand over the first phase, 158,000 sq ft unit by September (2019). A further 100,000 sq ft of space could be constructed at a later date.
Key to the sustainable development is the inclusion of a large PV solar array on the roof, which should generate up to 1MW and will help towards Kohler Mira’s aims to be carbon neutral by 2035.
Wayne Walker, Vice President of Manufacturing – Global Faucets at Kohler Co., said: “This purpose-built facility reflects both our continued investment in the UK and our commitment to sustainability and the environment.
“The new development is a result of both an increase in customer demand and the need to meet future business requirements, and makes us more agile and flexible to consumer needs.”
Stoford director, Gerard Ludlow, said: “We’re starting 2019 in positive mood as construction work begins on the Kohler Mira site at Worcester Six, adding to two key developments that were completed last year for Siemens and Kimal. It is clear this is a much-needed development that is attracting high-calibre occupiers and bringing valuable inward investment and jobs to the area. We’re looking forward to continuing work this year, bringing forward further developments and new tenants.”
Worcestershire County Council Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, Councillor Dr Ken Pollock, said: “Work starting on the Kohler Mira site at Worcester Six marks another step forward for this fantastically located business park.
“With Kimal, Siemens and Spire Healthcare already successfully established on site, we hope news of Kohler Mira’s state-of-the-art facility will help to attract further inward investment for the county of Worcestershire.”
Worcester Six Business Park is located off junction 6 of the M5, near Worcester. It is one of the four key investment sites across the county where Worcestershire County Council and its partners are looking to develop, creating additional jobs.
For more details about Worcester Six, visit www.worcester6.co.uk.