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Global plastics firm to create 115 jobs after signing up for huge new warehouse


A Birmingham property developer has started work on the construction of a huge new warehouse which is expected to create more than 100 new jobs in Leamington Spa.

Stoford Developments is building the new 138,675 sq ft unit at Spa Park in Leamington Spa, after agreeing a pre-let with plastics manufacturing company Berry Global.

The new unit will be used for the production of plastic products from household waste recycling collections – including packaging for use in the food and cosmetic industries.

When fully operational in July 2022 it will be capable of processing seven tonnes of material per hour and will operate a zero waste policy.

Berry – which employs 48,000 people worldwide – says the new warehouse will generate 115 new jobs including mechanical and electrical engineering roles, technical staff and lab engineers.

Darryl Roadnight, strategic projects director at Berry said: “We are committed to developing products that help our customers meet and exceed their sustainability goals, as outlined in our Impact 2025 sustainability strategy.

“This new facility is the perfect demonstration of this, both in the material that it will produce and how it has been constructed and will operate. We are delighted to be part of the innovative and forward-looking Spa Park development.”

The construction of Berry Global’s new warehouse comes after Stoford’s plans for the final phase of the Spa Park development were approved by Warwick District Council.

Stoford and BlackRock will speculatively develop four new units comprising a combined 151,650 sq ft of office, research and development, production and distribution accommodation.

Edward Peel, development manager at Stoford, said: “We have received tremendous support from the local authority and are looking forward to progressing the final phase of development at Spa Park.

“Our pre-let with Berry is testament to the success of the overall scheme and we’re excited by the positive impact that this new development will have on the local economy, with new jobs and investment. We’re looking forward to welcoming new occupiers to the final phase of the park.”

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Councillor Andrew Day, leader of Warwick District Council, added: “We wholeheartedly welcome the expansion of the Spa Park and are very much behind Stoford’s plans to attract new sustainable businesses such as Berry, who will bring with them the opportunity to create new highly skilled jobs in our district and at the same time will make a valuable contribution to reducing our carbon footprint.”

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