Patrizia Hanover Property Unit Trust has completed the 65,000 sq ft first phase of the new home for garden building provider Green Retreats at Westcott Venture Park.

The £6 million flagship project sits on 4.5 acres of the 650-acre park which is between Aylesbury and Bicester.

Green Retreats has taken a 10-year lease on the development which was constructed in less than seven months by Milton Keynes-based contractor Parkway. The development has achieved a BREEAM very good rating.

Planning consent is in place for a second phase of similar size.

Nigel MacKenzie, development manager at Westcott, said: “We are delighted to see construction of this flagship project come to completion. This new facility has enabled one of our largest occupiers to scale up for the fourth time at Westcott, accommodating growth for a further 250 jobs.

“From the very beginning, our close relationship with Green Retreats ensured that we and our contractor Parkway understood their specific requirements and could complete the development successfully within the agreed timescale and budget despite the very challenging conditions being experienced in the construction industry currently.

“This is our largest new development scheme to date at Westcott and it is a superb example of the high-quality buildings we can create for occupiers seeking accommodation in the region.”

The project team included Parkway Construction MK, working alongside McCurdy Russell Architects, civil and structural engineering consultant HDR Bradbrook Consulting, building services engineering consultant Shepherd Brombley Partnership and health and safety consultants Building and Workplace Solutions.

Green Retreats expects to increase its workforce from 330 to 580 and turnover from £35m to £70m.

Green Retreats Managing Director, Roy Wetherall said: “We have enjoyed significant growth and our new facility will provide us with the space to expand in order to realise our full potential.

“Our company is now in great shape to exploit significant market opportunities this year and beyond. We feel good about the future and being part of the Westcott family of companies.”

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