The developer behind the new Assay Office in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter has won the contract to build the first speculative industrial unit at the Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston.
Working in conjunction with funding partner Aviva Investors, Longbridge-based Trebor Developments will construct a new 94,500 sq ft premises called Apollo on a 4.7-acre site.
The land at the hub benefits from a 'Local Development Order' which grants planning consent for manufacturing, light industrial and R&D use without the need for a conventional application.
Fast-track development will allow the building to be completed before the end of 2016.
HydraForce Hydraulics was the first occupier to commit to the Advanced Manufacturing Hub in 2014, with more than 500 staff now based there at its 120,000 sq ft European HQ.
Additionally, global tool manufacturer Guhring is developing a 50,000 sq ft factory at the site which will accommodate R&D and full manufacturing processes upon completion in January 2017.
Bob Tattrie, managing partner of Trebor Developments, said: "We are delighted to have been selected to bring forward this outstanding site.
"The delivery of this large, fast-track industrial manufacturing premises adds to a range of other industrial schemes which Trebor is delivering across the Midlands to meet the growing demand for quality manufacturing premises."
The hub is owned by Birmingham City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) which was advised by Savills.
Coun John Clancy, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: "I am delighted that Trebor and Aviva have chosen to invest at the Advanced Manufacturing Hub.
"The investment illustrates the confidence in Birmingham's advanced manufacturing sector and also demonstrates my commitment to deliver growth and regeneration in areas outside of the city centre."
Charles Spicer, industrial director at Savills, added: "As the first speculative development at the AMH, this is a major milestone.
"The investment will create more jobs for the area and further enhance this successful regeneration project."
Trebor and Aviva have jointly instructed Savills and Cushman & Wakefield as the letting agencies for Apollo.
Lisa McGinn, partner at law firm Browne Jacobson's Birmingham office, acted for the HCA in this deal.