PLANS to build a new state of the art workshop which could create up to 130 new jobs have been given the go-ahead.

Braintree Council’s planning committee gave the green light to the Haven Gateway Partnership to build its I-Construct Innovation Hub in Springwood Drive, Braintree, at a meeting.

The two-storey hub will be located near to the Enterprise Centre which offers modern accommodation for start-up businesses.

The building will consist of a workshop and demonstration spaces, a technology lab, conference and networking facilities, a café and meeting areas.

It will become home to a team offering business support, grant schemes and advice to firms connected to the construction industry across the south east region.

Council bosses also hope it will be a place where innovative construction ideas, technology and techniques are shared and celebrated.

Corporate transformation boss John McKee said: “It would be wonderful for Braintree to be known as the place for innovation in construction.

“We already have the Braintree STEM Innovation Centre in the town which is training hundreds of adults and young people ready for careers in construction, science and engineering, and now with the I-Construct Innovation Hub we will have a great space to celebrate the innovations and possibilities taking place in the construction industry. It is an exciting time for Braintree residents and businesses.”

With planning permission now granted, it is hoped construction on the new building will begin before the end of the year.

The Haven Gateway Partnership will manage and oversee the work taking place inside the I-Construct building.

The company’s Executive director Anita Thornberry said: “Not only will we support existing jobs and businesses in the construction industry, but we will also help create up to 130 new jobs and solve some of the challenges the industry face.

“We are looking forward to shining a light on innovative building solutions and modern methods of construction.”