The start of building work on a new £5 million business innovation centre for Lynn has been hailed as a “momentous” moneot for the town.
Town-based building firm RG Carter have been appointed as contractors for the new project, which is expected to be completed next spring.
And a turf-cutting ceremony was held at the site, which is in the Nar Ouse Regeneration Area (NORA) on Nar Ouse Way, this morning.
Borough council leader Nick Daubney said it was “very, very exciting” to see work getting underway.
He said: “What I love about it is we’ve got the best design, we’ve got the best constructor, we’re working with the best enterprise agency in Europe, we’ve got the best council, we’ve got the best leaders, we’ve got everything coming together to make this happen.
“In about 12 months’ time, we’re going to see the most amazing building here and that is just the start of the growth of business, the growth of enterprise.
“It’s really, really good news for West Norfolk.”
Kevin Horne, chief executive of Norfolk Waveney Enterprise Services (NWES), who will own and run the site once it is completed, added: “This is a momentous day for King’s Lynn.
“It’s the first major investment on this estate for business and that is going to set the standard for the rest of the site.
“We’re going to do here what we’ve done in other places and create a real family of new businesses, people who are going to refresh, encourage and show their enterprise for the benefit of King’s Lynn.”
David Drake, director and general manager for RG Carter, said it was likely the firm would be creating new jobs as a result of the development.
He said: “We’re delighted to support the council and NWES. This scheme has been in the making for a long time and it’s really exciting to see it progressing.
“As a local contractor, only a mile down the road, we needed to do the job.”
He added that community engagements projects, including with the nearby St Michael’s Primary School, were being planned as part of the project.
Most of the funding for the project, around £3 million, has been provided by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), with a further £1 million from the borough council.
LEP managing director Chris Starkie said: “Enterprise and innovation are key to driving the momentum in our local economy and UK plc.
“Empowering employers to be creative, sharing ideas and expertise and boosting skills is exactly what Innovation Centres like this will promote and why we are supporting it as part of our ambitious growth plans for the whole of Norfolk and Suffolk.”