£60m plan to transform Scunthorpe town centre revealed
Artwork of the new Lindum Street houses in Scunthorpe
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 13 Jul 2017
A £60 million-plus investment plan to transform Scunthorpe’s town centre can today be revealed.
North Lincolnshire Council bosses say the proposals, which include a new £15m university centre, will create more than 200 jobs.
The projects detailed in the masterplan include:
A £5.7 million Church Square House extension providing space for 600 workers and creating 45 construction jobs
Around £15 million for a new university centre with around 1,500 student places
£3.9 million to provide up to 60 one to two bed homes on Lindum Street
A £14.7 million new 200 unit facility for NHS employees
A £1 million refurbishment of the Central Library
£4 million of improvements to make the town look more attractive and road and pedestrian improvements to create better access.
The local authority said the unit for NHS employees will include five commercial units below and the Lindum Street housing project is to be funded by private sector investment.
North Lincolnshire Council said the transformation project aims to “increase the number of people and businesses in the town, in particular, the Church Square area”.
Work is already under way on the first project, the new £5.8 million Ongo Homes headquarters, which will create 50 construction jobs and space for 250 employees.
The new offices are set to be completed by March next year and will use British Steel and Scunthorpe-based contractor Britcon (UK) Ltd.
A town centre board made up of representatives from leading local institutions and developers will be established to oversee the projects and ensure they are delivered on time and within budget.
Councillor Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, will oversee the projects, along with Simon Green, executive director commercial at the council.
Pictured at the launch of a proposed £60 million investment into Scunthorpe town centre are (from left): Iain Lloyd, British Steel UK Accounts Manager, Ongo Chief Executive Andy Orrey, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, Councillor Rob Waltham and Britcon (UK) Ltd director Shaun Hunt.
Mr Waltham said: “This is a significant investment never seen before that will transform the town and create a vibrant and thriving place where people will want to live, work, study, invest, visit and spend their leisure time.
“Our aim is to create a centre for learning and business – a place where people will want to stay.
“That’s why part of our ambitious plans includes building a new 2,000 place university centre with funding from the government, via the Local Enterprise Partnership, right here in the heart of Scunthorpe town centre.
“Equally, we want to give people the opportunity to work in this fantastic town. To enable that to happen, we are creating more business opportunities – including retail and leisure. Already, we have seen a rise in the number of investment enquiries interested in the town centre.
“Our plans include sprucing up the town and improving access through £4 million of Greater Lincolnshire LEP money, building new offices to help bring together public sector organisations and improve access to services, and building new homes so more people can live in the town.
“In addition, there will be a larger Action Station to help support those looking for work and training.
“These are exciting plans that have already started with the Humber UTC and now the start of the work to build the new £5.8 million Ongo Homes HQ in Church Square.
Artwork of the new Ongo Homes HQ in Church Square, Scunthorpe.
“We are one of only a few councils in the country to provide free parking, a great choice of unique independent shops and cafes.
“We are committed to building a town that will thrive and where people want and are able to stay.
“We plan to put our county town well and truly on the map and over a period of time, change perceptions and create a lasting legacy for future generations of a prosperous and vibrant town, no less than people deserve.”
Richard Farnsworth, British Steel managing director for construction, said: “While our steel goes into buildings and projects across the globe, we’re equally proud it will be used in a development just a short distance from our steelworks.
“It’s a great vote of confidence in the skills and expertise of local people and I’m sure our employees, and the people of Scunthorpe, will be pleased to know that quality steel made in the town will go into this building.
The Church Square house extension in Scunthorpe.
“We’re delighted to be working with North Lincolnshire Council and other local business on this project.”
Andy Orrey, chief executive of Ongo, said: “This is an exciting time as we see the regeneration of Scunthorpe town centre kick off with the new Ongo HQ.
“As a company, we are committed to investing in our local communities and we are looking forward to having such a strong presence in the town centre.
“We hope that our confidence in choosing this location for our new HQ is only the start in seeing increased investment in Scunthorpe.”