Work Starts On Beacon Technology Park In Bodmin
Work has started on transforming part of the former St Lawrence's Hospital site in Bodmin into a £4.3 million high-tech business park. Over the next nine months contractors Cormac will build a new loop road around the edge of the business park and create five development plots linked to essential services like water, drainage and electricity.
The 17-acre site will be landscaped, creating a parkland setting with a new pond and a series of footpaths and cycle ways linking the area to the rest of the town, all of which will be open to the public.
The South West of England Regional Development Agency (RDA) is spearheading the development of Beacon Technology Park with a £2.94 million investment. This is being supported by £1.26 million from the Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and £100,000 from North Cornwall District Council. Once full, the business park could support more than 800 high quality jobs.
Robert McGuffie, the South West RDA's Cornwall regeneration manager, said: "These works will help transform a derelict brownfield site into an attractive landscaped business park supporting hundreds of well paid jobs in North Cornwall and that's great news for the local economy."
Bruce Tyzzer, head of strategy and regeneration at North Cornwall District Council, said: "Beacon Technology Park will help meet Bodmin's office space requirements and will be a very attractive business location. I'm delighted that work has now started."
Carleen Kelemen, Objective One Partnership director, said: "This is the latest sites and premises project being funded by the RDA and Objective One. Together we can provide the investment needed to develop quality workspace attractive to grow businesses and by doing so create better job opportunities and wealth in Cornwall."
As well as the preparation works, the South West RDA is in advanced discussions with a private sector company interested in converting the historic Carew Building into high quality office space. This is the only original hospital building left on site after the others were damaged beyond repair by fire. Subject to agreement being reached, work could start on the conversion this year.
The South West RDA is already marketing individual plots to businesses and it is hoped that the first plot will be developed and occupied by July 2007. Companies buying plots will be expected to follow a design code to ensure that the buildings are high quality and in keeping with their surroundings. Although most of the works will be contained on site, a new roundabout and access road will be built off Dunmere Road. This will be timed to avoid busy holiday periods.
For further information please contact Jason Clark of Deborah Clark and Associates Ltd on 01872 276276 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in Beacon Technology Park through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The South West RDA acquired the former St Lawrence's Hospital site in late 2003. Once renowned for its beautiful gardens, it was derelict for several years and some of the buildings were destroyed by fire in 2000. Those buildings have since been cleared by the South West RDA, except the Carew Building which is being retained for conversion.
The site was renamed the Beacon Technology Park following a competition where members of the public were asked to come up with a new name.
In total, the site will provide almost 15,000 sq metres of high quality office space.
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.
For further information contact:
Deborah Clark & Associates Ltd
Cornwall Regeneration Manager
South West RDA
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439
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