Marine Renewable Business Park officially opens

The Hayle Marine Renewables Business Park (HMRBP), which has been created to strengthen Cornwall’s growing marine renewables sector, will be officially opened on Friday 12th February 2016.

The new business park is designed to accommodate companies in the growing marine energy sector and is built on the site of a former coal-fired power station at North Quay in Hayle, now owned by Cornwall Council.

MRBP offers 2,500 sq metres of managed workspace including a two storey modern office building comprising seven offices with Superfast fibre broadband and seven light industrial units varying in size from 180 to 220 m2.  The workspaces, which are built to BREEAM Excellent rating, are available for occupation now and are suited to businesses working within and supporting the marine energy and marine technology sectors.  Around 120 new jobs will be created.  All enquiries should be directed to Estates Delivery, Cornwall Council 01872 324875.

The project forms part of a comprehensive regeneration of Hayle which has planning permission for over 800 homes and included the ERDF funded works on North Quay which delivered a new road bridge, construction of a new road, flood protection works and repair of the harbour walls which were necessary to improve the harbour and provide access prior to construction of MRBP.

Hayle is already home to Wave Hub Ltd, which operates the world’s largest marine energy test site 10 miles from the North Cornwall coast.

Hayle MRBP has been developed as part of a collaborate package of investment in Hayle Harbour and North Quay, with £11.6million of funding from the ERDF, an £8million investment by Cornwall Council, and £4.25million from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), and the project is being managed by the Cornwall Development Company, the economic development company of Cornwall Council.

John Pollard, Councillor for Hayle North and Leader of Cornwall Council said: “The opening of the HMRBP marks an important step in the development of the Marine renewable sector in Cornwall. I am delighted that Hayle continues to play such a prominent role in this industry and this facility enhances future employment potential based on the Wave Hub offshore.”

John Coombe, Councillor for Hayle South said: “Today is a very important day for Hayle Harbour and the town. The Wave Hub Project has now come to fruition and the scheme harnessing power from the sea is ready to go forward. It has also great advantages for Hayle by offering new marine facilities, offices, warehousing and storage facilities. Which is appropriate regarding Hayle`s past and the thriving Harbour it once was.

May I sincerely thank all those who have worked tirelessly to make this project become a reality and I wish it every success for the future.”

ENDS

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BREEAM stands for Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method

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Project Investment:

ERDF: £11,637,072

Cornwall: Council £ 8,000,000

BIS/DECC: £ 4,250,000

Total investment: £23,887,072

For more information about ERDF visit www.erdfconvergence.org.uk

For more information about MRBP http://www.marinerenewables.org.uk/marine-renewables-business-park.html

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Marine Renewables Road Map was launched by Secretary of State for Defra in May 2015 and highlights the importance of Hayle MRBP within the wider ‘MRE development pathway’ available to inward investors to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

http://www.marinerenewables.org.uk/images/2783_marine_renewables_roadmap_email3.pdf

For more information about the workspace available visit https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/land-and-property/estates-management/council-property-to-let/hayle-marine-renewables-business-park/

For more information about the Offshore Renewables Development Plan visit http://www.marinerenewables.org.uk/index.php

 


Contact:

Jason Sugden

Media Relations Officer for ERDF Convergence Communications Team

07854 039960

jsugden@cornwall.gov.uk


Tuesday 9 February 2016