UK-based MIRA has completed the first phase of a £300m masterplan to create a technology park in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.
The £6m, 43,000ft² control centre forms part of the first phase of the masterplan, which was opened by UK secretary of state for business, innovation and skills Vince Cable.
In August 2011, the 1.75 million ft² technology park development had secured Enterprise Zone status, according to the company.
Cable said that MIRA’s Technology Park has the potential to become Europe’s largest independent transport research and development (R&D) cluster.
"Enterprise Zone status has helped MIRA to attract high profile names in industry to use the Technology Park as an engineering base," Cable said.
International companies including Bosch Engineering, Lockheed Martin, Ashok Leyland, Norgren and Triumph Motorcycles have all taken facilities on the 830-acre site.
A planning application for the second phase of the development, a four-storey office building, has already been approved.
MIRA Technology Park commercial director Terry Spall said, "When we first announced the development of the MIRA Technology Park in October 2010 we, and all parties involved, were very clear about its potential to create jobs and attract business investment to the region."
The masterplan will provide a total of 155,000m² of research and development facilities within the new MIRA Technology Park, which includes the redevelopment of the existing MIRA buildings.
Of the total floor space, MIRA will occupy approximately 43,000m² fronting the lake and landscape park centre.
The new technology park will feature 8,000m² of amenities for those working on and visiting the site, including a hotel, shops and a restaurant/cafe.
The masterplan will be delivered in phases over a ten-year period.
Image: The 43,000ft² control centre forms part of the first phase of the masterplan, while the second phase features a four-storey office building. Photo: MIRA Ltd.