The developers of the Leonardo office site on Manor Royal have today made their commitment to the Crawley promise.

Abstract Group and Bowmer & Kirkland, now two new developer partners of the Crawley Charter, are constructing a brand new four- storey 109,685 sq ft office building in the heart of Manor Royal’s Crawley Business Quarter.

The site offers open plan flexible floor space, capable of providing office accommodation for up to 1,675 people.

Bowmer & Kirkland made its promise by signing the council’s Crawley Developer and Partner Charter.

Signed by Andy Lomas, Contracts Manager for Bowmer & Kirkland and Cllr Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, the charter encourages developers, their contractors and council partners to make the most of all the opportunities for local people and businesses.

Speaking at the signing, Andy Lomas said: “It’s a pleasure to be involved and improve the overall image of the construction business, we are looking forward to working with Crawley Borough Council on this project.”

Christopher McPherson, from Abstract Group, added: “We are delighted to be a part of this project and take advantage of the prime location and diversity of business that Manor Royal offers.”

Once signed up, developers and partners will need to demonstrate their willingness to employ local people, create local supplier opportunities and contribute to raising skills for people in the area.

Examples include committing to providing apprenticeships, promoting opportunities for local businesses to provide services and materials, keeping local people well-informed, supporting local initiatives and working closely with local organisations like Central Sussex College and secondary schools to promote the value of skills and training.

Cllr Peter Smith said: “We are very pleased to be working with Bowmer & Kirkland and Abstract Group on the Leonardo Building.

“This is an exciting new initiative that will add to the attractiveness of Manor Royal as a place to do business and we are particularly enthusiastic about having both companies sign up to the charter.”