Sci-Tech Daresbury has been given the green light to move ahead with its next phase of development.

The award-winning science and innovation campus was seeking permission to develop a new 42,000 sq ft office complex, plans which have now been approved by Halton Borough Council.

The Project Violet development will involve the construction of two buildings providing 12,000 sq ft each and one building providing 18,000 sq ft. Each property will be three storeys high, situated at the gateway of the campus on Innovation Way.

Work on the scheme is expected to start later this year and the buildings will be ready for occupation 12 months later.

"This is excellent news. Project Violet will deliver much needed grade A office space in the region and underlines our commitment to building on Sci-Tech Daresbury’s reputation as a place where ambitious businesses can achieve success," said Neal Biddle, group development director of developer Langtree and board member of the Sci-Tech Daresbury joint venture company.

"Last year another 30 businesses relocated to the campus and with increasing demand on space, it is critical that we continue to invest in the campus' infrastructure to help support the economic health of the North West's economy and that of UK Plc to better compete in global markets."

Sci-Tech Daresbury, which is now home to 132 businesses, is a private-public joint venture partnership between Langtree, the Science and Technology Facilities Council and Halton Borough Council.

The Project Violet scheme follows a £20m investment in the campus and the opening of Techspace One and Techspace Two buildings last year.