Opening date for new enterprise centre in Raunds delayed

Work is continuing on site but the centre won't be opening in Spring 2020 as planned

The opening date for the new Enterprise Centre being built to support and help businesses across East Northants has been delayed.

While work is continuing on the Enterprise Centre just off the A45 at Warth Park in Raunds, its planned opening date of Spring 2020 has been pushed back.

A spokesman for East Northants Council (ENC) said: "ASHE construction, which is delivering the construction of Enterprise Centre East Northants on behalf of East Northamptonshire Council, will continue work on site.

Work is continuing on the Enterprise Centre just off the A45 at Warth Park, Raunds

"Following a comprehensive internal risk assessment directors at ASHE have instructed that work can continue with reduced attendance of employees and strict adherence to the Government’s new Site Operating Procedures published by the Construction Leadership Council, which are aligned to Public Health England guidelines.

"Due to the reduced workforce on site, the original completion date of Spring 2020 has been pushed back, all partners will continue to monitor the situation and publish a revised opening date in due course.

"Local businesses are advised to call 0808 1787 060 to register their interest in office and workshop units."

The new purpose-built enterprise centre will provide a range of flexible units, as well as virtual office support and access to on-site facilities including meeting space and shared office services.

When it opens, BizSpace has been appointed to oversee the operation of the new centre.

With more than 20 years of expertise, BizSpace is the UK’s leading provider of regional flexible workspace and will work with Enterprising East Northants, the council’s economic arm, to provide small and medium enterprises with business support and advice.

ENC is working with Total Project Integration (TPI) and R H Partnership Architects to deliver the £8 million project.

The council received £1.695 million funding from the SEMLEP’s Local Growth Fund in order to deliver the centre as part of Enterprising East Northants, the council’s economic plan for sustainable job creation and business growth.

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