Contractors have started on site at The Green - Solihull's new 54-acre scheme close to junction 4 of the M42.

In a contract valued at £8 million, Weldons have begun the infrastructure works which will transform the site into a premier business park by the end of the year.

Weldons' remit includes construction of a spinal road, a new roundabout to provide direct access from the A34 Stratford Road and extensive landscaping throughout, including an eye-catching water feature at the entrance.

The Green - a joint venture between Opus Land and Frontier Estates - is set to become the jewel of the M42's 'high tech corridor'.

The Green will offer 350,000 sq ft of new office space to complement the existing, already tenanted, 180,000 sq ft and self-contained office building - Number 3, The Green - which provides 35,630 sq ft, 66 per cent let to financial giant NCO and Goodrich.

Detailed planning permission has already been granted for two office buildings of 30,000 sq ft and 40,000 sq ft.

Not only will The Green provide a commercially viable and attractive working environment for the growing number of new occupiers seeking Grade A, B1 accommodation in the region, it will also help to satisfy local employment objectives and aid the economic regeneration of the area.

Some 2,000 jobs will result from the diverse mix of activity on site, including a flagship Audi regional centre, a care home for the elderly and a £20 million De Vere hotel and leisure complex with a pub, cafe and restaurant.

Backed by Prudential, the site acquisition in 2004 for in excess of £40 million, was the largest office development deal outside London in 2004.

Joint agents are Knight Frank and KWB.

The project is being managed by Davis Langdon, which is also acting as cost consultant.