GMI Construction Group has secured a £16m ($20.18m) contract to deliver the next units on MIRA Technology Park (MTP) cluster in UK. 

Located near Nuneaton, Warwickshire, MTP is said to be Europe’s largest automotive research and development cluster. 

A groundbreaking ceremony has been organised to mark the commencement of the Plot 9 project, which is part of a masterplan expansion of MTP by HORIBA MIRA and Evans Randall Investors. 

Swanvale Developments is responsible for managing the project delivery. 

It has managed the project design, planning and delivery of the MTP masterplan since its inception in 2010. 

Adjacent to the HORIBA MIRA test track, the technology park hosts 35 companies such as Aston Martin, Bentley, Jaguar Land Rover, Bosch, Toyota, and Polestar. 

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Plot 9 will comprise two units, each offering 36,000ft2 of office and technical space.  

The expansion of MTP is claimed to be driven by advancements in low-carbon automotive technology including electric vehicles, hydrogen fuels, and autonomous and connected car technologies. 

The latest development follows a 2.3 million ft2 expansion of MTP, which received planning approval last month.  

Swanvale Developments managing director Andy Macdonald said: “The construction start of this next phase of facilities is another major landmark for MTP, building on the infrastructure investment and recent planning approval for the 2.3mft2 MIRA South Site.” 

The new units will be steel framed utilising cladding that aligns with the existing MTP development.  

They will include open-plan workshops, offices, service yards, parking, and will meet CAT A fit-out standards.  

The project also encompasses the construction of an adjacent access road and the installation of site-wide services. 

GMI regional managing director for Midlands Gareth Jones said: “We are proud to play a role in further cementing MTP’s global reputation as a centre for sustainable automotive innovation through the delivery of additional research and development facilities.” 

In November last year, GMI won a contract to construct a 400,000ft² warehousing and logistics hub in Birmingham.