Issued Jointly With Chorley Borough Council.
Development has begun for Chorley’s brand new digital hub.
CHORLEY will start to see its brand new digital hub come to life as work has now started on the development on 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.
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.
Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council said: “This is a very exciting and important development for Chorley and now that work has begun residents and visitors will start to see a difference to the area.
“At the moment, workers are on with doing the ground work until materials arrive on site in July when the building will start to be constructed.
“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 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 2.8 acre development is part of the Digital Village masterplan for the 32 acre site which has outline planning permission for industrial/employment units, care home and specialist care facility, convenience store, family pub and/or medical centre, plus around 80 homes.
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.