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23 July 2012, 14:30
Work has officially started on a new distribution centre in Peterborough, which is expected to create up to 8,000 new jobs.
Gateway Peterborough, also known as The Great Haddon Employment Zone, will become a 240 acre distribution and manufacturing park.
The first phase of building work includes a dual carriageway to provide access to the park, along with several roads through it.
The park will be located close to junction one of the Fletton Parkway, where the road meets the Orton Parkway.
The access road was named 'Forli Strada' last year to mark Peterborough's 20th anniversary of being twinned with the Italian seaport.
Gateway Peterborough has planning permission for 5 million sq ft of employment space including general industry, business, distribution and office space which was granted last year by Peterborough City Council.
Charles Blake [pictured - with Peterborough City Council Leader Marco Cereste], Development Director at Roxhill Developments, said the site is extremely well located; "The reason why Roxhill is so committed to Peterborough, is that we're impressed with its ambition to grow as a city.
Peterborough is very well located for a distribution park as it has transport links that are second-to-none.
Work is now starting on the infrastructure of the site and we hope to bring news of potential occupiers in the near future."
The work is expected to be completed within 'the next few years' according to developers.