More new jobs on cards as Markham Vale attracts motorway construction company

8 October 2013

Hundreds more new jobs for local people are on the cards as two leading construction companies set up their site office at Derbyshire's flagship regeneration site.

Costain Serco − a joint venture of the two companies - is setting up at our Markham Vale site, adjacent to junction 29A of the M1, while they carry out motorway work for the Highways Agency.

Much of the work on the two year project − which is still subject to statutory processes and contract award − is expected to be delivered through locally recruited staff and suppliers.

It will bring opportunities at Markham Vale for apprentices, plant operators, foremen and civil engineers.

Around 500 new jobs have been announced for Markham Vale during the last year.

Councillor Joan Dixon, our Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport, said:

"It is great news that Costain Serco is setting up a site office at Markham Vale and with it bringing hundreds of job opportunities.

"There's no doubt these are challenging economic times but this latest investment − on the back of other positive recent announcements − demonstrates the strong foundations which have been put in place for Markham Vale to flourish.

"We are committed to building a strong Derbyshire economy that creates jobs, grows businesses and provides a future for our young people, and Markham Vale will continue to play a key role in that."

Richard Stuart, Project Manager for Costain Serco, said: "We are very much looking forward to getting on the ground to deliver much needed improvements to the M1 in the East Midlands. We are already working with local authorities and business in the area. We want to ensure that we make a positive impact on the local economy both during construction and in the longer term as the benefits of the project are realised.

"Markham Vale is ideally placed for us with excellent location and access to the motorway."

We have invested over £70m to reclaim the former mining site where coal production ceased in 1993 after 111 years.

It is working in partnership with Henry Boot Developments Limited to attract national and local companies to Markham Vale. Vivienne Clements, Director of Henry Boot Developments Limited, said: "Markham Vale's central location and unrivalled accessibility onto the M1, the UK's most important transport route, continues to attract regional and national companies.

"The letting to Costain Serco is a reflection of the flexible approach we are able to take to Markham Vale, delivering the building or site to meet the specific occupiers' requirements, either on a rental or purchase basis.

"We are close to finalising discussions with several businesses, looking to expand and re-locate to Markham Vale, news of which we expect to be able to announce in the coming weeks."

Markham Vale has been granted Enterprise Zone status by the Government, meaning firms moving to some areas of the site can apply for Enhanced Capital Allowances − offering tax relief for major investment in plant and machinery.

A planning application has been submitted to Chesterfield Borough Council by Costain Serco for its new Markham Vale premises.


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