Thursday, July 12, 2012

New state of the art building offers innovations in construction, through its green initiatives, architecture, and landscaped grounds- Tangent Enterprise Centre

A state of the art enterprise centre is soon to be unveiled to local businesses. With an investment of £4.7 million the new Tangent Enterprise Centre in Shirebrook will attract new businesses and encourage local enterprise.

The Bolsover District Council project is located at the heart of a growing business community on Brook Park. The Centre is also the first environmentally friendly building for the council achieving BREEAM ‘Excellent’ accreditation, and offering modern renewable technologies to offer efficiency savings for its clients.

The Centre will provide a total of 34 units, with three meeting rooms, offering growing businesses a mix of flexible workspaces between 200sqft and 750sqft. The Centre will include conference facilities offering the latest in modern technology and communications.
Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Councillor Alan Tomlinson said, “This is a massive investment in Shirebrook, an investment that will breathe new life into the area and kick start the local economy and growth in the town.”

Construction on the project is funded from the European Regional Development Fund (£3.8 million) and the Councils own Working Neighborhoods Funding (WNF) (£900K), and is anticipated to open in September 2012. The Centre will also provide much-needed employment opportunities in the district and support local business to grow.

Background : The Centre has been constructed over two floors (in part) within one building circa 2200m2 and constructed as one phase. The building will provide 18 office units between 20m2 and 52m2 and will also provide 16 ground floor workshop units between 49m2 and 71m2 – a total of 34 units.

There will be conference and meeting room provision within the Centre and a management suite. The building will offer the latest in modern technology, including high-speed broadband and video/teleconferencing equipment. It will support business administration through the provision of shared services including meet-andgreet reception, franking and photocopier equipment.

The Centre will offer adequate parking provision for all units, as well as provision for visitors and meeting room users. Parking and shower/changing facilities will also be available for cyclists. The grounds around the building will be landscaped.

The building has been designed to a high standard including glazing and a façade using modern environmental technologies. Additional features have been included in the building’s design with the expectation of achieving BREEAM ‘Excellent’ accreditation for the Centre. These features provide reduced running costs, supporting the sustainable operation of a business choosing to locate in the Centre.

The Centre will offer residents and visitors access to a shared lounge area with refreshment facility, providing opportunities for business-to-business networks and external networking events and showcasing. The Centre’s development is being overseen by an Employer’s Agent – Turner and Townsend – who is managing the project delivery on behalf of the Council. Construction is almost complete, led by the main contractor – J Tomlinson. The Centre’s construction completion is expected to be mid-August 2012.

The Naming of the Centre : The Council undertook an exercise, in collaboration with Shirebrook Academy – the local secondary school, to develop a name for the Centre. Following a workshop with a selected group of students, the name – The Tangent – was selected as the preferred name for the development.


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