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Construction is officially underway at Gateway 14 – the multi-million-pound business, innovation and logistics development in Stowmarket.

Today’s ‘ground-breaking’ ceremony saw Mid Suffolk District Council leader Cllr Suzie Morley put the first spade in the ground on the site, which is set to create hundreds of jobs for the district, boost the local economy and attract investment into the region.

The development, by Gateway 14 Ltd (wholly owned by Mid Suffolk District Council) and development manager, Jaynic, will provide a new base for manufacturing, logistics and R&D businesses as well as providing innovation space for smaller and start-up businesses.

Cllr Suzie Morley, Mid Suffolk District Council leader, said:

“This is a hugely important development for Mid Suffolk and the wider region. Gateway 14 has the potential to not only attract businesses to the area but also create a range of employment opportunities in the district.  It is a key part of our vision in building a thriving and sustainable future for the residents and communities of Mid Suffolk.”

Gateway 14 chair Sir Christopher Haworth said:

“This ground-breaking marks a significant milestone in the development of Gateway 14 and will open up the park for the construction of the first buildings. I am delighted that we have an excellent team to deliver this project and look forward to working with them to create a landmark development that is high-quality, sustainable, and fit for the future.”

Nic Rumsey, managing director, Jaynic, the development managers for the project said:

“The start on site is the culmination of several years working up the scheme and obtaining a revised holistic planning consent for the whole development.  Mid Suffolk District Council’s vision is strong, and we are thrilled to be part of it – creating this exciting scheme that will provide many jobs for the surrounding districts and the region.”

In addition, Gateway 14 benefits from being part of Freeport East, one of only eight Freeports in the UK.

The Freeport status will provide many businesses on Gateway 14 with a range benefits including a suite of tax reliefs and simplified customs arrangements.

Today’s ground-breaking marks the first physical development across any of the Freeport East sites which include Felixstowe, Harwich and four customs sites.

George Kieffer, Acting Chairman of Freeport East said:

“Freeport East is a transformational initiative providing a total of 275 hectares of development opportunities in an area around the ports of Felixstowe and Harwich. Freeport status will attract new and additional investment in world-leading infrastructure and innovation, driving the Green Industrial Revolution and providing extensive re-skilling and up-skilling opportunities to transform the life chances of thousands of people.

“Today’s ground-breaking ceremony represents the first tangible step on this exciting journey.”

Located close to junction 50 of the A14 near Stowmarket, the 2.45m sq ft site, the landmark development is designed to a high specification with sustainability at the centre with features such as EV charging, LED lighting, solar PV, smart energy systems and rainwater harvesting. The development will meet a minimum BREEAM rating of Very Good and excellent wherever possible.

Accessibility through and around the development is a key feature with significant walking and cycling routes being integrated along with access to public transport links and local amenities.

Biodiversity on the site is also a priority, with high-quality landscaping, green corridors and nesting boxes all being introduced across the site to support not only the wildlife and ecology but also to create a vibrant, attraction and healthy working environment for employees.

The infrastructure contract worth £6.4m was recently awarded to Jackson Civil Engineering Ltd and is expected to be completed by early 2023.  This includes building the new main estate road from the roundabout on the A1120, providing direct access into the development, the installation of a new toucan pedestrian crossing on the A1120 to the retail development on the opposite side of the road; gas, water and electricity mains, foul and drainage water, footpaths, and cycle lanes, the stopping up of Mill Lane and a bund to the Clamps Farm boundary. 

Gateway 14 offers a prime location for manufacturing and logistics with its position along the A14 providing easy access to Ipswich, Cambridge and up to the Midlands as well as to the port at Felixstowe.

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Photo Caption:

Front: Cllr Suzie Morley (leader, Mid Suffolk District Council) was joined by Gateway 14 chair Sir Christopher Haworth and; Behind: partners from Jaynic, Freeport East, Jackson Civil Engineering Ltd, Stowmarket Town Council and Mid Suffolk District Council to mark the official ground breaking at Gateway 14 near Stowmarket.


Freeport East

Freeport East is one of eight new Freeports in England announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 3 March 2021. It will be a hub for global trade and national regeneration as well as creating a hotbed for innovation that will have impact across the UK.

With its unique global links and existing innovative sectoral clusters, Freeport East will attract inward international investment and drive domestic growth, propelling the country’s economy forward.

Covering Britain’s busiest container port, two major ferry ports and located close to the East Coast green energy cluster, Freeport East offers a unique combination of advantages to benefit traders, manufacturers and clean energy suppliers. It will create more than 10,000 high-value new jobs and generate a Gross Value Added (GVA) of £5.5 billion over 10 years.



Jaynic is an established property company and has built a strong reputation for promoting land through the planning system for residential and employment use, and for the development of high quality warehousing, logistics and business parks in the south and east of England. It currently has 676 acres under its control with 2m sq ft of commercial development schemes delivered on nine sites with a further 8.39m sq ft in planning or in the pipeline.

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Article by Jaynic

JAYNIC is an established property company that specialises in promoting land for residential and employment development through the planning process, the implementation of pump-priming infrastructure and development of buildings on a speculative and bespoke basis.

Jaynic has recently been appointed by Mid-Suffolk Council’s development company as joint venture partner on its Gateway 14 site with potential for 2m sq ft of business, warehousing and high-tech innovation space on the A14 at Stowmarket.

Jaynic’s Suffolk Park major employment site in Bury St Edmunds, is now well established. Global flavour and fragrance solutions company Treatt plc recently moved into the 112,000 sq ft first phase of its HQ there. Also, logistics companies are locating on the park with Unipart taking  a 206,000 sq ft warehouse and an 870,000 sq ft warehouse is being built for Belgian logistics group Weerts as its first location in the UK. This follows on from garden furniture import company M H Star taking a 105,000 sq ft warehouse in 2020.

Jaynic has developed the EpiCentre innovation centre for young entrepreneurial and biotech companies on its Haverhill Research Park and is working on a further 1.75m sq ft business park at the former RAF airfield in Shepherd’s Grove near Stanton, Suffolk.

On the residential side, acting on behalf of a landowner, it won a planning consent for a 125 unit residential scheme with 30% affordable housing at Red Lodge on the A14 and sold the site to Barratt Eastern Counties.

Its development activity over the last 25 years has been predominantly focused on East Anglia with schemes in the early years including Cambridge Research Park, Buckingway Business Park at Swavesey, the University of Essex’s, Knowledge Gateway, and Haverhill Business Park.