Duke of Gloucester to officially open the Inspire Bradford Business Park

The Duke of Gloucester will attend a special event at Inspire Bradford Business Park later this month to mark its official opening.

Inspire Bradford Business Park is a £4m sustainable development, providing business tenants and the local community with a facility that continually creates and encourages opportunity.The royal visit and opening event will take place on October 23, when the Duke of Gloucester will meet members of the Newlands Community Association (NCA) – who own and manage the business park as well as community groups and small businesses that are benefiting from the new facility.

The BREEAM ‘Excellent’-rated project, is situated on a brownfield site close to Eccleshill Community Hospital in the east of Bradford. Its two buildings total 2,787 sq m and house 18 serviced offices in an Enterprise Centre and 14 managed work units, in an adjacent building

Inspire welcomed its first tenants in May 2012 and is already 75% let with a whole host of businesses signing up for office premises, from children’s services and IT software to organic food delivery and a space education facility.

The buildings boast a range of innovative, environmentally-conscious features designed to ensure that the development has the minimum impact on its surroundings. External walls are built from a 48cm thick ModCell® prefabricated straw-bale system, making Inspire Bradford the largest straw-bale development in Europe.

Its eco-friendly theme continues inside, the building’s insulation is recycled from industrial waste denim and old pairs of jeans, assisting with heat retention and sound reduction, vanity units in the toilet blocks are manufactured from recycled yoghurt pots and plastic bottles and 100% of the Enterprise Centre’s flooring is also recycled – made from end-of-life carpet or rubber.

During the event the Duke of Gloucester, who has keen interest in Architecture and is a corporate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), will be given a full tour of the development, meet contractors and tenants and see a live demonstration on how the ModCell® straw bale panels that were used to construct the buildings are created. He will then unveil a plaque to mark the official opening of the development.

Tony Holdich, NCA chief executive, said: “We are thrilled that the Duke of Gloucester has shown an interest in Inspire Bradford. We are very much looking forward to welcoming him to the development and showing him the wonderful facility that has been created and the many benefits it is already bringing to the community and local business. “