December 20 2014 Latest news:
Ben Woods, Business writer
Friday, June 6, 2014
The architects tasked with designing a £4m enterprise centre for King’s Lynn have released their first designs of the site.
The King’s Lynn Innovation Centre – spearheaded by Norfolk and Waveney Enterprise Services (NWES) – took a further step forward yesterday after it was revealed that Norwich-based architects Feilden+Mawson had been awarded the project.
The artist impression provides a first glimpse of the enterprise hub, which will be based on the Nar Ouse Regeneration Area site and part funded by a £2.5m grant from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growing Places Fund, and a further £1m from King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council.
Alistair Beales, cabinet member for regeneration and industrial assets at the borough council, said: “This is a really exciting step forward for the town. Creating an environment in which business can thrive is vital to the long-term success of the local economy. The construction of the King’s Lynn Enterprise and Innovation Centre gives a clear signal that King’s Lynn is serious about developing business excellence and promoting growth.”
The King’s Lynn Innovation Centre is due for completion in 2016 providing a local hub for start up and early stage businesses.
Philip Bodie, partner and lead designer at Feilden+Mawson, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won the commission to design the King’s Lynn Innovation Centre and is very much looking forward to developing design ideas with the stakeholders of the project.
“Helping to create a new King’s Lynn landmark is both a challenge and a privilege and the whole team is very much looking forward to working with Nwes and Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk to help make it a reality.”
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