The MP for Redditch is happy with the progress made in the Digital Manufacturing and Innovation Centre in the town.

The £15.6 million project is courtesy of the government's Town Deal for the community.

The 2,550m2 facility, which will be built on the site of the old police station, will provide a flexible office and workspace for start-ups, as well as support to existing manufacturing businesses.

The centre will help develop more innovation within Redditch’s economy and encourage productivity growth within the town’s manufacturing sector through the development of digital and 5G technologies.

The project is expected to be fully completed by 2026.

The police have relocated to a temporary base in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre before moving to their permanent home at the new Blue Light Hub on Birmingham Road later this year.

Rachel Maclean MP said: “The Government and I are ambitious about Redditch’s future, which is why we were awarded a £15.6 million Town Deal to ensure our economy is fit for the future.

“The Digital Manufacturing and Innovation Centre is a key component of our game-changing plan.

"It will enable more businesses to grow and flourish, creating new jobs for local people and ensuring our workforce has the skills employers need for the economy of the future.”