Chorley will start to see its brand new digital office park come to life as materials have now arrived on site at Strawberry Fields, Euxton Lane.
Chorley Council won over £4.1m funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) earlier this year, which will be used towards creating the new £8.4m advanced digital office park.
Preparation and ground work has been completed and now that materials have arrived the building is being constructed.
Councillor Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council said: “We visited the site at the end of July and it was great to see how much preparation work had been done so that the materials that have arrived on site can be used for construction.
“This is a very exciting and important development for Chorley and now that work is underway residents and visitors will start to see a difference to the area.
“We are looking forward to seeing the finished development which is due to be completed early next year and will create hundreds of well-paid and skilled jobs.”
The 54,000sq ft state-of-the-art office space will provide high value jobs for hundreds of people and will put Chorley on the map as the centre of the rapidly growing digital sector in Lancashire.
The centre will have a high capacity server and super-speed broadband, vital for advanced digital businesses. There will be a new intensive business incubation facility for start up businesses with onsite business advisors and university researchers giving businesses extensive support in setting up and developing growth.
The businesses will be offered space which includes hot desks, micro pods, flexible desks and more traditional office suites and a training room will be on site offering workshop facilities as well as a networking zone.
The building itself will be one of the most advanced environmentally friendly in Lancashire and has been designed to a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating.
The council will be working closely with Chorley-based developer and property company Primrose Holdings to ensure that the vision for the whole development is delivered as quickly as possible.
Simon James of Primrose Holdings commented: “Primrose are very happy to be working alongside Chorley Borough Council to ensure the quick and effective delivery of this exciting development, of which the Digital Office Park is a key strategic part. We are already putting the final pieces in place to create a dynamic destination for people to live and for companies to thrive and hope to be able to make further key announcements in the near future”.
Demand for space at the digital office park is expected to be high so if you’re thinking of starting up a business please contact Chorley Council on 01257 515151.