Official opening for Lancashire business village

Posted on by John Cronin

A new business village in Rossendale, Lancashire is to be officially opened later this week.

rising bridge officesThe new Rising Bridge Business and Enterprise Village, which is being formally opened on Wednesday 26th January, is a £7m speculative development consisting of nine self-contained office units within 3 office buildings that are available to lease or as outright purchase.

The scheme has been developed by Lancashire County Council in partnership with the North West Development Agency (NWDA), who contributed approximately £800,000 of the build cost, and Rossendale Borough Council. Councillor Bill Challinor, Rossendale Council said: “These offices are in a great location. They will provide a big boost for jobs and the economy in Rossendale. The development is superb.”

The 3, 2-storey units offer suites ranging in floor space from 2,483 sq ft to 3,472 sq ft. In total the scheme offers total floor space in excess of 27,000 sq ft. It is estimated the 3 buildings can accommodate up to 159 people. The pavilion-style offices have been constructed to a high specification and have been awarded a BREAAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

The offices have been built on a former 0.58-hectare brown-field site that was previously used as an unofficial tipping ground. Planning for the development was approved in December 2008 despite there being some concern over the number of existing offices within Rossendale lying empty. The council however believes there will be strong interest in the development from prospective tenants looking for high-specification office accommodation within the town. The construction contract was awarded to ROK, who completed the development before collapsing in to administration in late 2010.

Rental prices are available upon request. Marketing agents for the development include King Sturge.

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