Fully customised state-of-the-art facility designed to accommodate 1,500 delegates each year Kia becomes the latest global business to take space at St. Modwen Park Derby following arrival of Getinge and Vaillant earlier this year.
St. Modwen Logistics has leased a c. 3,716m2 bespoke unit to Kia for use as a cutting-edge new training academy for the next generation of Kia employees.
Kia UK Limited will take occupation by the end of 2023 following an extensive fit out period. The unit has been adapted to suit Kia’s requirements, including the installation of additional power, facilitating advanced electrification training and upskilling on STEM subjects to enable Kia’s apprentices and adult learners to meet the evolving demands of increasingly electrified vehicles.
The academy also opens up significant opportunities for Kia's growth, enabling the company to increase delegate numbers, expand its range of electric vehicles, and enhance service capacity.
Built to St. Modwen’s Swan Standard of sustainable construction, the asset is EPC A rated and has BREEAM Excellent accreditation. The academy will not have a new gas supply and will instead utilise heat pumps for heating. Furthermore, high-efficiency photovoltaic cells have been installed on the rooftop which will harness renewable energy.
The property is fitted with EV charging ports and benefits from intelligent LED lighting, smart metering and an on-site fitness trail. Designed with sustainability and wellbeing at its core, the asset supports customers on their own net zero journeys and encourages a healthy, active workforce.
Sarwjit Sambhi, Chief Executive Officer of St. Modwen, commented: “We are incredibly proud to welcome Kia's training academy to St. Modwen Park Derby. Our site offers a high-quality, sustainable environment that aligns perfectly with Kia's vision for eco-friendly operations. The adjacent wildlife reserve ensures a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of staff and delegates, making it an ideal setting for learning and growth.”
Paul Philpott, President and CEO of Kia UK Limited, added: “We are thrilled to bring our new and enhanced Kia Academy to Derby. This move represents our commitment to supporting STEM education, driving electrification and helping our dealer partners build the workforce and skills they need for the future. Our investment in the new training Academy showcases our unwavering commitment to excellence, innovation and sustainability, while solidifying Kia’s position as a leader in electrification and the automotive industry.”