Architecture practice Broadway Malyan has secured planning approval on behalf of Chester University for a £4.7m food research centre at the Parkgate Campus in Chester.
The 16,000 sq ft North West Future Food Solutions Exchange, to be known as NoWFood, will provide food businesses with technological, scientific and business support. There will be office space, conferencing, workshop facilities and networking. The university is particularly interested in new technologies and advancements in nanotechnology and microbiology technology.
The food industry is estimated to be worth £8bn a year to the North West economy. The planning approval is the first to be secured through Broadway Malyan's consultancy framework agreement with the university. The building will be partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund.