‘Real progress’ at £1.16m Highbridge Enterprise Centre

Work on a £1.16m Enterprise Centre in Highbridge which will create jobs and boost the local economy is taking shape, with a number of key milestones reached.

Deputy Leader of Somerset County Council, Cllr David Hall led a delegation of Councillors to meet with managing agent of the site TDA and contractor South West Highways Ltd to see developments first hand.

Cllr Hall was joined by the Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, Cllr Peter Downing; Deputy Mayor of Burnham-on-sea and Highbridge, Cllr Mike Mansfield; Richard Towl from contractor South West Highways Build and Adrian Sheen representing TDA.

“I am delighted to see that real progress is being made on this project to bring jobs and economic prosperity to the area,” said Cllr Hall “We are already in discussions with a number of local businesses about occupying the site and interest is snowballing as the project progresses.”

Cllr Hall continued: “When finished, it will provide modern facilities to accommodate organisations with the relevant skills and expertise to capitalise on future high-profile development projects such as Hinkley C. We want to make Somerset a place where this sort of industry can flourish and this exciting development is a vital component in our plans to do that.”

The steel structure of the main building has been erected with three standalone workshops now in place.  The level of the site has been raised by a metre and a flood relief and retention pond has been constructed. Work is also underway to lay the concrete for the main courtyard.

The project has been part-funded through the Rural Growth Network (RGN), which is an initiative designed to encourage economic growth and enterprise in rural areas. Heart of the South West (HotSW) Local Enterprise Partnership is working in conjunction with Devon and Somerset County Councils on behalf of the RGN.

Build Manager for South West Highways Build, Richard Towl, said: “South West Highways Build is delighted to have been appointed to construct this new facility for Somerset County Council. It will provide an important platform for a number of small and new start businesses to be able to develop within Highbridge and the surrounding area. Works are currently progressing well and are due for completion, and occupation, in early 2015.”