Green Retreats has taken a pre-let on 65,000 sq ft of space at Westcott Venture Park.

Park owner Patrizia Hanover Property Unity Trust was granted planning permission in November for a 120,000 sq ft development of factory and production space at the 650-acre business site which sits between Aylesbury and Bicester.

The development, known as Building 6000, will include a first phase of 65,000 sq ft of accommodation and Green Retreats, which currently occupies 50,000 sq ft elsewhere on the park, has committed to a 10-year lease and plans to relocate later this year. Green Retreats builds rooms which people can have in their gardens as offices or outhouses.

Construction on the scheme started in January with completion set for July. The company currently employs 330 staff but its new home will enable it to grow to 580.

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.

“One of the reasons we chose to base the business at Westcott was because of the room for expansion. We have expanded three or four times and each time the park has been able to accommodate our growth.

“It’s also a highly secure site and our customers enjoy the experience of coming to Westcott to visit our showroom.  As a carbon neutral business, we value the benefits of the solar park and we work with many service businesses on the park. We feel good about the future and being part of the Westcott family of companies.”

Rod Mordey, asset manager at Westcott Venture Park, said: “This is a major development for us at Westcott which has allowed Green Retreats to remain at the park. The expansion of Green Retreats is truly impressive, and we are delighted to have been able to accommodate their ongoing growth.

“We continue with our ambitious development plans, investing in the park’s future in order to retain and attract more businesses to this thriving community.”

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