Harlow Enterprise Zone yesterday welcomed Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, to oversee the start of construction on a £50m data centre and business park. This marks phase 1 of an infrastructure programme that is set to create over 1000 jobs.
Senior figures from Harlow Enterprise Zone, Harlow Council, the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) & Goldacre Ventures, the advisory firm who are developing and managing the Harlow site, joined Mr Pickles to show plans for the work which is scheduled to continue until Q3 2015.
“It’s great to see how the Harlow Enterprise Zone is taking off. As the birthplace of fibre optics, the London Road South site is part of the UK’s rich history of innovation. We’re determined to resurrect that spirit and have invested £2.5 million to kick-start redevelopment, which has helped leverage £50 million in private-sector investment.
And our ambition doesn’t stop there. We’re channelling a further £11 million to bring the London Road North site up to scratch to attract top-class companies that will create thousands of jobs. It’s proof our long-term economic plan is on track, delivering for both business and hard-working people.”
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles
World's largest Medical Technology Innovation Centre
The site will house the Anglia Ruskin MedTech Campus which will provide one of the world’s largest Medical Technology Innovation Centres bringing some of the University’s research capability to Harlow. The Innovation Centre will be the first phase of the development of the Med Tech Campus, providing space for businesses and encouraging further collaborative ventures between higher education and industry.
Investment in the Harlow Enterprise Zone
Goldacre Ventures, have now closed the latest round of private funding for the Enterprise Zone which brings the total investment in the project so far to just over £50m.
“Mr Pickle's visit is a massive vote of confidence in our ambitions to provide a world class, state-of-the-art data centre campus and business park that will play an important part in the long term future of Harlow and the London Cambridge corridor.
This land has been largely unoccupied for a long time so it’s great news that a successful public-private sector partnership has unlocked investment to help drive economic growth and create jobs for local people. Our plans to create a business park and data centre campus will ensure the preservation of the site’s rich telecommunications, media and technology heritage.”
David Bloom, Chief Executive of Goldacre Ventures
This follows the £5m of funding Harlow Enterprise Zone was awarded last year from the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA), Local Infrastructure Fund and Harlow Council towards the redevelopment of the 20 acre site.
“We are delighted to see significant progress at the Harlow Enterprise Zone over recent months and I am pleased the Government has recognised the hard work and commitment from our public and private partners.
“We will continue to explore new opportunities for further development and promote the scale of opportunity this major investment location brings the region and indeed the entire country.”
John Keddie, Vice-Chairman of the Harlow Enterprise Zone Board
A boost for Essex
“The Harlow Enterprise Zone is going to have an amazing transformational effect on Harlow, Essex and the wider region. It is a tremendously exciting project which will undoubtedly breathe new life into the area, bringing new high quality jobs and boosting economic growth.
Essex County Council is happy to play a key role in assisting with improving the infrastructure in Harlow and injecting funding where it is needed. This visit by Eric Pickles MP demonstrates the importance the Government places on this scheme.”
Councillor Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader of Essex Council
Source [Harlow Council]