Architects reveal first glimpse of £4m King’s Lynn enterprise hub

An artist’s impression of the King’s Lynn Innovation Centre. Pic Submitted An artist’s impression of the King’s Lynn Innovation Centre. Pic Submitted

Friday, June 6, 2014
12:21 PM

The architects tasked with designing a £4m enterprise centre for King’s Lynn have released their first designs of the site.

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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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5 comments

  • So this "private venture" is being publiclly funded to the tune of £3.5 million - making the private investment £500,000 (an eigth) - think I will ask for some money as well if you get given 78ths to play with. I will be submitting my kids drawing as well. I will only be asking for £2 million though.

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    A Resident

    Monday, June 9, 2014

  • Tom, the drawing is an early artists impression and was supplemented by various technical drawings. The public will have a chance to look at the final designs when they are completed in c3-4m time. This is a commercial venture and as such confidentiality does mean that it is not possible to disclose precise details but the NALEP funds are a commercial loan which attract interest. It is easy to criticise the public sector but without the support of BCKLWN and NALEP this venture would not succeed and so thanks go to them. I am happy to talk face to face with anyone who has an interest in the centre.

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    Kevin Horne

    Monday, June 9, 2014

  • So, Mr Horne, the £3.5m from New Anglia LEP and the Borough Council that the story say is a grant, isn't a grant then? It doesn't say it is a commercial loan, in which case it is probably fair to assume a fair dollop of public money is going into it. Don't get me wrong, this is a positive news story, and the town will certainly benefit from this investment. But it is a very poor drawing.

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    Tom Jeffries

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • Very disappointing comment above from person anonymous. The sketch cost £0. It was part of a full open tender design process conducted to RIBA standards and which attracted architects from around the country. Please note that this is a private venture with the building owned by Nwes and so rest assured that no ratepayers monies are being wasted. The road is in place - just pop down to the site and see. I would have hoped that residents would be pleased to se £4m+ invested into the local economy to stimulate enterprise, create jobs and kick start the NORA site. It is easy to criticise less so to do something positive....

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    Kevin Horne

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

  • Just checking - is this the correct artists impression of the new building? What an awful waste of money - how much did this child's sketch cost the ratepayers and why has the woman only got half an arm and a grey beard - even the trees are sloping at an unnatural angle. It appears to show a building that could be anywhere from 2 stories up to 6 stories high next to a very wide imaginary road - what does this tell us... a. the building could be anything and any design and b. how you are wasting our money on very poor artwork.

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    A Resident

    Friday, June 6, 2014

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