Construction of the first building at Holbeach’s new Food Enterprise Zone (FEZ) has begun.
In late July ground works started for the University of Lincoln’s bespoke agri-food research and development facility. The Centre of Excellence in Agri-food Technology will be the linchpin of the FEZ, delivering innovation support services, pioneering research, skills provision and knowledge exchange for agri-food businesses across Lincolnshire and beyond.
In addition, the county council is constructing a new access road for the site, as well as installing utilities for the plots that will be sold or let to agri-food businesses.
The FEZ will be located next to the A17 and A151 and is designed to support agri-food businesses, with a particular focus on the food technology sector. When complete, phase one of the multi-million pound development will create around 16,000sq m of new business space, capable of supporting over 400 jobs.
As the first building on the site, the Centre of Excellence will build on the success of the University of Lincoln’s Holbeach campus, home to the National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM). It will be an innovation hub - promoting the rapid uptake of advanced technologies such as robotics and automation and ensuring the UK’s agri-food industry remains competitive, able to overcome challenges facing the supply chain from farm to fork.