A NEW business park is attracting investment and jobs to Hampshire after 12 companies chose to make it their new home.

Phase one of Adanac Park, off the M271 near Southampton, consists of 200,000sqft of new commercial buildings.

The park in the borough of Test Valley is owned by Hampshire property specialist Oceanic Estates, which is developing the site.

Among the companies who have moved in are Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, Marine Guard, BBC Coffee, Parthian Climbing, trading as the Climbing Centre Group, and CIMC, a Chinese trailer company which selected 40,000sqft at the park following a national search.

Harry Hutchinson, director of Oceanic Estates, said: “Phase one at Adanac Park has proved conclusively that it is a fantastic location for a wide variety of regional, national and international businesses to base themselves here.

“We deliberately built high quality, very smart looking commercial units and we have been delighted with the response so far. Letting large commercial buildings during the middle of a global pandemic was always going to be testing.

“We worked closely with Test Valley Borough Council who recognised the benefits of the regeneration in this area which generates jobs and inward investment. Being so close to the port is a huge benefit and was a key decision for CIMC, selecting Adanac Park as it brings in components from all over Europe before assembling them on site in Southampton.”

Architect Boyle+Summers assisted with the design and delivery of the buildings on phase one.

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Mr Hutchinson said: “Boyle+Summers delivered a great design which was instrumental in the take up of the units and we look forward to working with them on further projects.”

Tony Boyle, director at Boyle+Summers, said: “It’s always very satisfying as an architect to see the buildings you design being occupied and utilised to full effect so quickly. We are very proud of these commercial buildings and their importance to the economic prosperity of the Southampton region.”

John Dunne, chief executive of Parthian Climbing, trading as the Climbing Centre Group, which is looking to launch its Olympic standard centre in the summer, said: “We are really looking forward to opening our doors to the public. We have a number of successful centres all over the UK with one in Reading. We know a large number of people travel up from this part of the country, so we have a ready-made customer base.”

Cllr David Drew, Test Valley Borough Council’s cabinet member for economic development and tourism, said: “We are proud of what Oceanic are creating at Adanac. The new inward investment and jobs represent a major contribution to our economic recovery.”