Work is ahead of schedule at new King’s Lynn innovation centre

Launch of the project last year. From left, Nwes CEO Kevin Horne, Jemma Curtis, Ostap Paparega and b

Launch of the project last year. From left, Nwes CEO Kevin Horne, Jemma Curtis, Ostap Paparega and borough councillor Alistair Beales. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Building work at the new King's Lynn innovation centre is slightly ahead of schedule, and on time for its spring opening.

West Norfolk leaders hope the new £5m enterprise centre will keep local talent in the area, attract investment and create more jobs in the Nar Ouse regeneration area of South Lynn, where it's being built.

The landmark building will house local businesses, conferencing facilities and business advice services.

A section of steelwork frame is now visible to passers-by and the pre-cast concrete planks and stairs to the first three floors will be installed shortly, with roofing work and wall cladding to start towards the end of the summer.

While the centre is being completed, a Pop-Up Business Incubator will be opened in the town for people to see first-hand what the centre will offer.

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Builder RG Carter Construction has also been in talks with schools and residents about the landmark project.

Nick Daubney, West Norfolk Council leader, said: 'Successful business provides jobs, salaries and a good sense of place with strong economic growth. The new centre will be a magnet to encourage business neighbours as well as being a very visual testament to Lynn as a business centre.'

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The project received £3m funding from New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and £1.5m funding from the borough council.

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