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18.06.03
Work starts on Callington industrial units

Work officially starts on 20 June on a £393,229 scheme to provide environmentally friendly workshops and offices at Callington's Moss Side Industrial Estate.

The project is being invested in by Objective One and Caradon District Council and is expected to create at least 17 new jobs for local people.

Councillor Ron Overd, Caradon's Cabinet member with the supporting the rural economy portfolio, said: "As our Beacon Council status for Supporting the Rural Economy shows, we are serious about helping small businesses in South East Cornwall get started and grow. This project is another major investment by Caradon in much needed employment opportunities for Callington and the surrounding area.

"The development is in addition to schemes already completed in Liskeard, Millbrook, Saltash and Torpoint and brings Caradon's total portfolio of workshops and workspaces to 145, making us the single biggest investor in small business premises in the district."

The project includes six workshops ranging from 26m2 to 33.7m2 and seven offices ranging from 12.5m2 to 16.2m2 on the well-established Moss Side Industrial Estate. The construction work will be carried out by Minerva (SW) Limited.

The development will include a host of green features such as:

An earth energy ducted air heating and cooling system for the offices and similar systems for each workshop. The system will include four boreholes, each of which will be 60m deep.
A wind-dam electricity generator unit to provide the bulk of the electricity needs for the site with any excess electricity being sold back to the National Grid.
Energy efficient lighting with movement and daylight sensors.
Lantern lights to make the most of natural daylight and create a more pleasant working environment.
Carpets made from recycled materials.

The scheme has benefited from extra Objective One funding towards the sustainable features, and Cornish firm H20k has designed the environmental systems.

The project is also thought to be the first in Cornwall to be designed to fully cater for the needs of disabled workers. Both of the shared kitchens in the development will have a sink and a section of worktop with electrically operated height adjustment so that they can be easily reached by wheelchair users. Two of the scheme's toilets will have disabled provision, and six of the car parking spaces have been designed to be suitable for disabled drivers.

The Objective One European Regional Development Fund is contributing £176,575 to the development, while Caradon is funding the remaining £216,654.

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Editor's notes:

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) helps reduce the gap between development levels and living standards among the regions and the extent to which least-favoured regions are lagging behind. It also helps redress the main regional imbalances in the Community by participating in the development and structural adjustment of regions whose development is lagging behind and the economic and social conversion of regions.

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Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
jason@dclark.co.uk

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