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VideoEnterprise Centre nearing completion

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Posted on: 1 December 2020

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Work on the Enterprise Centre on the outskirts of Barnstaple is nearing completion and it is on course to open at the start of next year.

Devon County Council has unveiled pictures which show how construction of the centre has developed over the past 11 months.

It follows hot on the heels of the recent announcement that TownSq, a company with a proven track record in supporting the development of vibrant start-up business communities in England and Wales, has been appointed to run the Centre at Roundswell on behalf of the County Council.

The design and construction of the building has focused on ensuring it is environmentally sustainable and achieves the BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) Excellent Status. Among the energy saving measures included in the building is around 1,100 cubic metres of insulation installed in the walls and roof of the enterprise centre – enough to fill ten double decker buses.

Along with solar panels, energy efficient lighting and natural ventilation, the building is expected to achieve a 25% reduction in carbon emissions.

The Centre is being constructed by contractor ISG, on behalf of Devon County Council, at the Council’s Roundswell Enterprise Park development.

The centre has been designed to offer flexible office accommodation for small and medium size businesses that are looking to expand, as well as providing professional meeting space, high-speed broadband connectivity, and an overall environment that will encourage networking opportunities.

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Councillor Rufus Gilbert

Councillor Rufus Gilbert, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills, said: “The enterprise centre has developed extremely well and no doubt everyone is already looking forward to the building opening next year – particularly with TownSq now in place as operators. The centre can play an important role in helping the local economy make a strong recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The energy saving design is impressive and its reduced carbon emissions are important for our efforts for the County Council to be net zero by 2030.”

Logo of Heart of the South West LEP Karl Tucker, Chair of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The LEP and its partners are working hard to support all businesses at this challenging time. This Centre provides high-growth and start-up businesses the opportunity to join an active business community in a vibrant workspace. The project is receiving £2.15m from the Heart of the South West LEP’s Growth Deal funding. This investment is expected to boost the local economy and create new jobs as the businesses in the centre grow.”

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Councillor Frank Biederman

Councillor Frank Biederman, Devon County Councillor for Fremington Rural, said: “The Enterprise Centre is the flagship building for the enterprise park. It will provide high quality workspace for entrepreneurs and start-ups, and I’m sure TownSq will ensure that the centre establishes a productive working environment for local businesses. This is just the news our area needs after a very difficult year and we look toward recovery.”

Mandy Weston, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of TownSq, said: “We’re excited to see that construction is nearing completion on this fantastic building. There is a huge amount of potential in Northern Devon and the building has some stunning scenery which will undoubtedly make the offices very desirable. Supporting businesses and encouraging growth is as much about creating a positive environment as it is about providing expertise and guidance, and so a vibrant and modern space like the Enterprise Centre will be a huge draw for the area. We can’t wait to get started.”

HM Government logo The scheme has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership and Devon County Council.

For more information about the Enterprise Centre or to register your interest, please email chris.bouchard@nps.co.uk

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