Work gathering pace on £3.9m business centre
PARTNERSHIP: Bill Walker, left, and Cllr Stephen Parnaby at the site of the Ergo Business Centre. Picture: Simon Renilson
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 26 Jul 2017
WORK on a new multi-million-pound business centre, aimed at the renewable energy and environmental technology sectors, is gathering pace at Bridgehead Business Park.
The £3.9 million Ergo Centre project is being developed by East Riding Council in conjunction with the Wykeland Group.
The scheme was rubber- stamped by planners in February and is being built by Hessle-based PRD Construction.
It is set for completion by the end of the year, and once up and running, will be operated through a partnership between the council and the University of Hull.
Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding Council, said: “This new development is a key part of the council’s economic vision for the area and will help grow businesses in emerging sectors like renewable energy and environmental technology – strengthening the Humber’s reputation as the UK’s Energy Estuary.
“A great amount of preparation has gone into bringing the Ergo Centre forward and to see construction start is a really exciting moment.
“The council is really pleased the delivery of this project involves so many local partners, from the developer and contractor to the involvement of the area’s university. It is an excellent example of how the public and private sector, locally, can work together.”
‘ECONOMIC VISION’: Work is going ahead at the Ergo Business Centre, which is set for completion by the end of the year.
The Ergo Centre will provide flexible office and work space, conference and training facilities, a café and associated parking.
As well as capital investment from the council of £1.9m, funding has been secured from the Local Growth Fund, with £1m allocated from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, about £710,000 from the Green Port Growth Fund Programme and a financial contribution from the University of Hull.
Bridgehead Business Park was officially launched in July 2013. The development is now home to a number of market-leading companies, including bathroom retailer Victoria Plum and laser firm Rofin-Sinar.
Hailed as being the UK’s greenest business park, the site will eventually be home to about 3,000 jobs.
Stephen Hudson, Wykeland’s development director, said: “The Ergo Centre will add yet another prestigious facility to Bridgehead, enhancing its ever-growing reputation as a premier business location of choice.”
Bill Walker, director of strategic relationships and knowledge exchange at the University of Hull, said: “The university is delighted to be part of this exciting development.
“Our investment in Ergo extends the university’s footprint at an important time for us and for the region. We are looking forward to helping our partners make this a lasting success for all concerned.”