More jobs expected as second phase
of St Columb development begins
Work has begun today (September 2nd) on site clearance to
make way for building work on the second phase of a major
industrial development at St Columb Major.
The development being carried out by the South West
Regional Development Agency is expected to create around
The first phase of development at the St Columb Major Business
Park saw a 50,000 sq ft factory unit taken over by global
books, music and video retailer Borders (UK) Ltd in early
2002 now employing around 100 people.
The second phase of work on the RDA development will see
South West based company Midas Construction building two semi-detached
20,000 sq ft units that will be marketed to companies looking
for new premises in Cornwall. The work is expected to be finished
by April of next year.
The South West RDA's Regeneration Manager, Robert McGuffie,
said the two phases of work at St Columb Major involved a
total investment of more than £5.8 million by the RDA
with £1.7 million in investment from Objective
One through the European Regional Development Fund.
He said: "This is a speculative development but we're
confident of attracting new occupants for the units because
we know there is demand for quality workspace of this size
from Cornish companies looking to expand which frees
up premises elsewhere and from potential inward investors.
"The units can either be let separately or be combined
into one large 40,000 sq ft facility, so that will give us
flexibility when we market the new development. The site is
located close to the A30, so it has good transport links,
and is in the Newquay, Bude and Camelford travel to work areas,
so there is a local labour force available to any new occupants."
Carol Wells, the Mayor of St Columb and a member of the Objective
One Business Task Force oversaw the site clearing work today
and took to the controls of the digger to mark the occasion.
She said: "This new development will create around 100
much needed jobs in an area that has comparatively high unemployment,
so I'm delighted that work is underway. The investment from
Objective One is part of our remit to provide quality workspace
for local businesses and inward investors, creating sustainable
full-time jobs for local people."
Graham Mathews, Director of Midas Construction's St Austell
office said: "We're delighted to be involved in the on-going
regeneration of the county and to continue our on-going partnership
with the South West RDA. In addition to potential new jobs
for end-users, the contract will also create local construction
jobs - continuing the boom for the industry in Cornwall."
The South West Regional Development Agency was established
in 1999. Our most important role is to ensure the long-term
economic success of the region, by promoting the right skills
among its workforce, the most innovative businesses, and a
high quality environment
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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