Birmingham-based Stoford Developments has won a major contract with the Welsh Development Agency to build a state-oftheart regional HQ for the State Veterinary Service.
Work will start shortly on the16,500 sq ft twostorey office scheme for the SVC, part of the Department of Food and Rural Affairs, being built on 1.5 acres purchased from the Welsh Development Agency at Parc Pensarn Business Park in Carmarthen.
Scheduled for completion in December 2005, it will be the first development at the prime site located next to the junction of the A484 and A48 on the southern edge of the town and 30 minutes from Swansea.
Stoford will be delivering a turnkey package that will include building and fitting-out the new highquality offices.
The Department of Food and Rural Affairs will be moving some 70 staff to the new building from its existing offices in Carmarthen town centre.
With funding from the WDA's Land Development team, Stoford will also be developing the site's infrastructure and services so that it can eventually accommodate 100,000 sq ft of office premises - providing room for 800 jobs.
Nic Neal, WDA's executive director for land development and legal services, said: "This first project will start the process of development at a prime commercial site that has the potential to make a valuable contribution to the local economy."
Tony Nash, a Stoford Director, said: "We are delighted to be building such a significant project in Carmarthen - the first of many developments that we hope to deliver in Wales."