DOZENS of new jobs are set to be created as work begins on the latest expansion of a Worcester business park.

Alliance Flooring Distribution's new 180,000sq ft unit at Worcester Six is being built now, with 60 jobs set to be created.

This is the latest in a series of developments at Worcester Six, which is already home to companies including Marmon Food and Beverage Equipment, Siemens, Spire Healthcare, Kimal, Kohler Mira and IONOS.

Stoford is working on the unit for Alliance, which is a subsidiary of Victoria PLC, moving from Kidderminster to the new Unit 7.

To meet environmental targets, the new unit will be net-zero for carbon and will feature electric vehicle charging points and solar panels on the roof.

Stoford is also creating two ponds on-site, which it says will improve the look and feel of the site, as well as encourage biodiversity.

Edward Peel, development manager at Stoford, said: "It’s great news that we have started to build this bespoke unit for Alliance Flooring Distribution.

"We’ll deliver a high-quality unit on a business park that is already making its mark on the local economy and gaining attention from global and national companies that are keen to base themselves in a strategic location that is convenient for both the south west and the Midlands.

"This is all positive news for Wychavon, in which the business park sits, and surrounding areas."

Contractor Benniman has been appointed to build the unit, which will comprise 157,000 sq ft of warehousing, as well as 21,000 sq ft of offices and extra space.

Completion is expected in Autumn this year, with Alliance Flooring Distribution hoping to create a further 60 jobs over the next three years, aiming to be fully operational on site early 2023.

Philippe Hamers, CEO of Victoria PLC, said: "A fast and effective distribution network is vital in our industry and this project shows how serious we are about servicing the UK and in an environmentally friendly way. 

"We are looking forward to seeing the completion of the building works and starting to operate out of this top-notch facility early next year."