NEW jobs could be in the pipeline as a major Malvern business site looks to expand.

The Malvern Science Park is set to expand with the completion of Phase Five, which adds 16,000 sq ft of floor space to the existing unit, a 17,000 sq ft unit built in 2019. 

The expansion will allow either existing tenants or new businesses to set up in the new units with the potential to create new jobs for the area.

Andrew Lewis, commercial agency director at GJS Dillon, responsible for overseeing the sale, said: "This area traditionally has low take-up levels owing to its smaller commercial market, which can partly be explained by its physical constraints with the Malvern Hills forming a natural boundary and the River Severn being in between the area and the M5 motorway.

"However these historic connectivity issues are set to be improved with the Worcester Southern Link Road enhancement, which will attract businesses to the area.

"The Malvern Hills office market has a lot to shout about, offering a fantastic work life environment but more quality space is needed.

"As far as industrial space is concerned, sites need to be identified where research and development and manufacturing hubs can be developed."

Malvern Hills Science Park was created in 1999 as the Innovation Centre.

This was followed in 2001 by Phase Two, which saw The Regional Technology Exchange built.

In 2008 the Phase Three was completed, including 35,000 square feet of office space, laboratories, conferencing suites and the onsite café.

This building was designed from the ground up with high energy efficiency performance. Heated and cooled with ground source heat pumps.

In January 2016 Phase Four was completed, adding a 25,000 sq ft building.

This was followed in 2019 by Phase Five,  consisting of 17,000 square feet divided into six large units.