King’s Lynn Innovation Centre takes shape

Construction progress at The King's Lynn Innovation Centre on Nar Ouse Way ANL-150508-131727009

Construction progress at The King's Lynn Innovation Centre on Nar Ouse Way ANL-150508-131727009

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A new £5 million business centre is beginning to take shape on the outskirts of Lynn.

The King’s Lynn Innovation Centre (KLIC), which is being built in Nar Ouse Way, is hoped to attract and retain entrepreneurs in West Norfolk when it opens its doors in Spring next year.

Building work is currently running slightly ahead of schedule with the steel frame constructed and visible from the roadside.

Contractor, R G Carter Construction, is looking to install the pre-cast concrete planks and stairs to the first three floors shortly.

Roofing and wall cladding is due to be added towards the end of the summer.

The £5m innovation centre has been made possible by £1.5m of funding from West Norfolk Council, £500,000 from Norfolk and Waveney Enterpriese Service, £2.5m of Growing Places Fund loan and a £500,000 grant from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.

Leader of the council Nick Daubney has welcomed the news of the centre’s progress.

He said: “Successful business provides jobs, salaries and a good sense of place with strong economic growth.

“Supporting business, especially start up business, with excellent advice, workspace and practical assistance is essential. KLIC will be a first-class centre doing just that job.

“It will be a magnet to encourage business neighbours as well as being a very visual testament to King’s Lynn as a business centre.”

Prospective tenants will be able to get a taste of the services to be offered at KLIC when a pop-up incubator will be opened in Lynn shortly.