26 Sep Launch of ESAM at Carluddon Technology Park
The Enterprise Space for Advanced Manufacturing (ESAM) will be officially launched at an event today. The launch event will provide people with the opportunity to tour the new facilities and find out more about business support available in the county.
The newly completed £8.5m flagship development, led by Cornwall Council is open for business and will encourage the establishment and growth of advanced manufacturing and engineering businesses. Up to 75 new jobs in these sectors could be created near St Austell over the next five years.
Built on redundant china clay land donated by Imerys and Eco-Bos, the new two-storey building contains 32 business units. This will provide up to 2300m2 of flexible workspace capable of being let as individual or combinations of multiple units and tailored to suit the needs of both start-up businesses and established firms. The accommodation provides a mix of offices, workshops and industrial units, ranging in size from 30m2 to 94m2.
The scheme was funded by a £6.2m European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) investment, matched by £2.3m funding from Cornwall Council.
The new development will form part of the proposed West Carclaze Garden Village, a major new mixed-use community comprising new homes, school, shops, health and community facilities and other public amenities.
Cllr Bob Egerton as Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Economy, said: “ESAM is situated in an area steeped in Cornwall’s industrial history that is now undergoing significant positive transformation and change. ESAM represents a major milestone in redeveloping West Carclaze by providing employment opportunities as part of the new Garden Village.
“The West Carclaze redevelopment demonstrates what can be achieved through a long-term commitment to a strategic vision and a coordinated intervention by Cornwall Council involving the transport, planning, housing and economic growth services, working closely with the private sector. The quality of the new built environment and the spectacular landscape will inspire new businesses and support growth in Cornwall’s innovative high technology sectors, which in turn will support the people and prosperity of Cornwall. May I sincerely thank all those who have worked tirelessly to make this project become a reality and I look forward to the next historic milestone for that area”
Mike King, managing director of Cornwall Development Company, said: “The ESAM building has been designed and built with productivity in mind, offering flexible spaces that can be tailored to the needs of individual businesses. ESAM will increase the productivity of Cornwall’s advanced manufacturing, low carbon and environmental goods & services businesses, create skilled jobs, support new technology and enable people and businesses to fulfil their growth potential.”
The Cornwall Council led project was designed by architects Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole and built by Kier Construction Ltd, with Ward Williams Associates acting as Project Managers and Quantity Surveyors.
Jonathan Sharp, WWA Managing Associate Partner and Project Lead said: “ESAM is a fantastic building to spearhead the development of West Carclaze. It provides modern, flexible and sustainable workspaces for businesses to grow and develop, providing an economic boost for the county”.
“We are currently involved in numerous commercial and industrial developments in Cornwall and across the rest of the UK. We see this as an area of growth, as the demand for bespoke, sustainable working environments increases”.
“WWA is also delighted to be working with Eco Bos on the broader masterplan development of West Carclaze and CEG on the nearby Carlyon Bay development. These large-scale regeneration schemes will transform this area of the county, with economic and social benefits felt across Cornwall”.
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