New £6million business start up centre will create 150 jobs in Sunderland

New business start-up centre for Turbine Business Park.

New business start-up centre for Turbine Business Park.

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WEARSIDE’S green revolution is set for a £6million boost that will create space for more than 150 new jobs.

Barmston Developments is building a new business start-up centre for Sunderland City Council on its Turbine Business Park.

A neighbour to Nissan’s Wearside plant, it will be in the heart of the North East Enterprise Zone, which offers incentives for firms working in the region’s burgeoning low carbon transport business.

The building will become a hub for emerging businesses which will feature offices, workshops and labs, with space for more than 200 people when it is completed next year.

Just over 150 new jobs are expected to be created, with about 60 existing posts moving to the centre.

James Scott, of Barmston Developments, said: “Our ability to be back on site so quickly after completing the 422,000 sq ft Vantec warehouse shows how committed we are to delivering at Turbine Business Park.”

Council leader Councillor Paul Watson said: “All businesses start somewhere and need a base for their works. This new project is the second major development on the Turbine Business Park as part of the North East Low Carbon Zone.”

He added the first development to be completed was Vantec, with the new project looking to the next generation of business in the city.

Barmston Developments has outline planning permission on the remaining 20 acres on site, all with Enterprise Zone status, and can accommodate warehouses, industrial, office and retail buildings together with consent for a hotel and a pub.

GMI Construction will build the centre.