Work to begin on Innovation Centre

The site for a new multi-million pound business hub which should bring hundreds of jobs to Somerset has now been secured and pre-construction work is set to begin shortly.

The Low Carbon Energy Innovation and Collaboration Centre will be built in Bridgwater to provide 2,400 square feet of flexible office space to support the Hinkley supply chain and for the growing low carbon energy sector.

Somerset County Council has now purchased land at Woodlands Business Park and contractors are due to start preparatory work next week.

When complete, the Centre will support local businesses and encourage new investors to work together on projects during the construction of Hinkley Point C and beyond.

Somerset County Council intends to appoint an operator to manage the Centre and broker business support services to help develop and grow the local supply chain.

Cllr David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Business, Inward Investment and Policy, said: “This is a significant milestone. We now have planning permission and funding in place for the Woodlands Business Park site and building work will begin shortly.

“The Innovation Centre project is a major investment in Somerset which will help us capitalise on the construction of Hinkley Point C. Most importantly, it will create jobs and encourage growth, providing a huge boost to the local economy and laying the foundations for long-term sustainable growth.”

This phase of the Innovation Centre is funded by European Regional Development Funding and Somerset County Council and is due for completion by summer 2015.