BUILDING work has finished on a state-of-the-art development on a new business park, paving the way for jobs.

Nine commercial units on Great Notley's Horizon 120 Business, Innovation and Logistics Park, near Braintree, have been completed.

The EOS development boasts units ranging from 8,500 to 21,000 sq ft, suitable for light industrial, high-tech, research and development, and warehouse use.

At least 30 per cent of the energy supplied to the buildings will be from renewable sources, such as solar panels and air source heat pumps, with highly efficient thermal cladding and low energy lighting and controls.

Braintree Council bought the Horizon 120 site less than five years ago in a bid to attract businesses into the district and create high quality jobs.

The council sold the plots to the Marshgate Group for development just over 19 months ago.

Councillors and senior officers met with Marshgate owners to celebrate the milestone this week.

Marshgate Group boss David Warburton said the latest units were a "fantastic new high-quality, best in class development".

Three of the nine spaces have already been let.

The 65-acre Horizon 120 site aims to provide more than 750,000 sq ft of high-quality industrial, office and logistics space.

Council resources boss Kevin Bowers said: “We’re proud to have played our part in unlocking this employment site to investment and growth, and we’re thrilled with how our work with partners is supporting medium-sized businesses with their expansion plans, as well as supporting residents with jobs and opportunities.

"Congratulations to the team on the completion of these high-quality commercial units and for reaching yet another important milestone.”