GKN Aerospace touches down at Blythe Valley Park

One of the most famous names in British engineering is taking office space at IM Properties’ Blythe Valley Park (BVP) scheme on junction 4, M42.

GKN Aerospace has signed up for 11,403 sq ft at One Central Boulevard (OCB), which has attracted a variety of quality occupiers since its £5 million refurbishment.

Now with just c.9,500 sq ft remaining at OCB, it’s clear that IM Properties strategy for creating modern working environments with a strong wellbeing agenda is paying off.

GKN’s estates director, Jane Leedham, said they were extremely pleased to sign up to OCB and hope to be in the new offices in the New Year.

“Blythe is a great location for us, with it being on junction 4 of the M42 and its proximity to Birmingham Airport and nearby train stations, it’s easily accessible for our international business visitors, but it’s also a great benefit to our employees.”

As part of IM Properties commitment to helping occupiers attract and retain top talent, it has invested significantly in the amenity offering on the park, bringing independent Coffee House Java Lounge to Blythe in a purpose-built unit. There is also a Virgin Active Health Club and Busy Bees daycare Nursery.

Rob Hemus asset director for IM Properties added: “We’re delighted to welcome GKN Aerospace to our list of forward thinking occupiers at BVP. You only have to look at PKF’s award winning offices at OCB and innovators like technology communications company, Wavenet, to see they are in good company.

“Whilst the business sectors they come from are quite diverse from professional services to tech, they all share in a common belief for creating a great working environment for their employees.”

Rob Added: “And look to the wider park and you can see Gymshark and its cutting edge offices making a statement for them as one of the UK’s fastest growing top 100 companies.”

Alongside the commercial buildings at BVP, which includes Connexion, a new 209,000 sq ft campus of five, high quality logistics and manufacturing buildings, IM Properties is creating up to 750 homes as part of ambitious plans to break the mould for business parks in the Midlands and create the first truly mixed-use scheme.

“Rob concluded: “The residential phase of the park is an exciting addition and has been welcomed by occupiers too, as it will attract potential new recruits who want a great place to live, work and relax.”