Cert's riverside relocation a joy

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 23 Jan 2017

AWARD-WINNING regeneration organisation Cert Ltd has relocated to Waters' Edge Business Centre in Barton.

Three individual office suites have been taken there, in a move from Immingham Resource Centre.

It is to be demolished to make way for new homes in the town, after North East Lincolnshire Council agreed a sale last summer.

Cert, operational for 20 years, delivers a wide range of training, develops new businesses, supports social enterprises and voluntary organisations and work on a wide range of job creation projects.

Director Neil King said: "Increasingly our work is taking us into new areas and especially on the north bank of the Humber and our move to Barton will enable us to service that area while maintaining our existing activity south of the Humber"

"Cert is a not-for-profit organisation with social aims and the Waters' Edge site reflects our aims and ambitions about growing the local economy in a way that is socially, financially and environmentally sustainable."

The building which houses a visitor centre, café and business centre sits within a wildlife park and is operated by North Lincolnshire Council.

Director Chris Mason said: "North Lincolnshire Council's officers have been extremely helpful in all aspects of the relocation and helped us to decide on Waters' Edge as our preferred location."

She added: "We are looking forward to working with new organisations and companies in the surrounding area and think that our new premises will prove attractive to them. We will of course continue to deliver our existing services in North East Lincolnshire."

The site was bought by Glanford Borough Council from BritAg. a subsidiary of ICI in 1989 and MTM in 1995. North Lincolnshire Council inherited the site from Glanford Borough Council in 1996 and work soon began to convert the site to a country park.

The old contaminated soil was stripped back, layer by layer. It was moved in convoys of lorries and buried in a secure site. The ponds were excavated and local topsoil from the nearby Far Ings Nature Reserve was brought in.

Thousands of reeds were hand planted along the banks of the ponds and an area of native woodland was created. The first part of the country park opened to the public in 2003.

A design competition was launched to develop an innovative, sustainable green building on the site to act as a centre for visitors to the park and also to house local businesses. The winning design was from Gerard Bareham Architects of Leeds and was opened three years later in 2006.

It is now a popular attraction with spectacular views of the Humber Bridge and immediate access to the Humber bank.

117 homes planned for former location

MORE than 100 homes are proposed for the eight acre site on which Immingham Resource Centre sits.

The £9.9 million investment is being taken on by Sheffield-based Gleeson Homes after North East Lincolnshire Council agreed to the sale in August, for just over £700,000.

The site includes Immage 2000, the abandoned television studio that was built and opened 20 years ago.

A spokesperson for Gleeson Homes said: "We plan to construct 117 two, three and four bedroom homes on the 8.25 acre Immingham Resource Centre site which, after being managed down for several years, will be vacant prior to our purchase.

"All the homes will be traditional semi or detached properties and will be for private sale.

"Gleeson specialise in getting people onto the property ladder. All homes will be priced to suit local people and our unique range of purchase schemes, which includes Help To Buy, will be available to all buyers.

The disposal is being handled by Scotts, acting for the local authority.

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