The King’s Lynn Innovation Centre has taken a step closer to reality with the announcement that a lead architect has been appointed.
The centre, due for completion in 2016, is intended to support new businesses overcome the barriers in starting up.
The centre will be owned and operated by NWES the leading enterprise agency and provide high-calibre one-to-one advice, mentoring, workshops, and access to financial support for local businesses.
A state-of-the-art commercial work space, the centre will act as a catalyst for further highly skilled employment opportunities on the Nar Ouse Regeneration Area site.
The £4 million innovation centre has been made possible with £2.5 million of funding from New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership’s, Growing Places Fund, and £1 million of funding from West Norfolk Council.
The partners of the project; West Norfolk Council and enterprise agency NWES are looking to develop a high-spec facility which will provide the optimum environment for business, enterprise and innovation to flourish. It is hoped the centre will be a welcome landmark and that the building will be environmentally sustainable – embracing sustainable practices throughout the design, construction and operational phases.
The architect’s commission begins this month and Norwich based Feilden+Mawson have been awarded the prestige project against stiff competition. Partner and Lead Designer Philip Bodie, who has produced many Innovation Centres in the region over the years, including the Boathouse in Wisbech, said: “Feilden+Mawson is 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 West Norfolk to help make it a reality.”
Alistair Beales, cabinet member for regeneration and industrial assets, 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.”