Plans have been submitted to Central Bedfordshire Council to develop and expand the Vinci Technology Centre in Leighton Buzzard.

Vinci Developments has submitted a hybrid application for outline permission to add 8,500 sq m of employment space and a three-storey office building, and full permisison for a new warehouse, along with car and lorry parking and landscaping to the 5.7-hectare site in Stanbridge Road.

Vinci Technology Centre tests cladding systems for new developments. It was Taylor Woodrow’s research and development centre in the 1950s but when Taylor Woodrow was acquired by Vinci Group in 2008, it became the technology centre and is still in use although some of the site is now redundant or used for external storage.

The proposal is to construct new commercial units on the redundant areas for leasing to local businesses which could be single or multiple occupiers.

The proposals also include the construction of new site roads, security fencing and soft landscaping and trees.

The team on the project includes Forum Architecture, Black Box Planning and Exigo Project Solutions on transport planning.

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