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24Feb94 UK: STANHOPE PINPOINTS PARKS GAP - INDUSTRIAL/BUSINESS PARKS.

Developers may be missing an opportunity when it comes to meeting the needs of British business.According to a report published by innovative developer Stanhope there is a gap in the market between what are now known as business parks and industrial parks.Stanhope claims the information revolution has created a need for what it calls a commerce park.Aldous Hodgkinson, projects development director at Stanhope, said: 'We call this new concept the commerce park because it combines the functions of the office and the manufacturing site in one integrated package.'The idea is to design buildings to accommodate high specification offices under the same roof as sales rooms and light manufacturing.The buildings would be designed to be highly flexible and easily adapted. And key to the concept is that they are well served by transport and have easy access to urban centres.The study was based on a survey carried out jointly by Stanhope and researchers at DEGW.It claims that business executives are dissatisfied with the inflexibility of modern buildings. CONSTRUCTION NEWS