Morgan Sindall wins £1.8 million Scottow Enterprise Park scheme
Morgan Sindall has been appointed to deliver a £1.8 million project to ready the new Enterprise Zone at Scottow Enterprise Park in Badersfield, for increased occupation.
The project for Norfolk County Council is already underway and involves the installation of a new water main to supply clean water to the site, which recently received Enterprise Zone status and will house businesses in the creative digital and low carbon sectors. Enterprise Zones deliver a wide range of benefits to companies including a business rate discount of up to £275,000 over five years, simplified planning and access to superfast broadband.
Norfolk County Council took ownership of the former RAF Coltishall airbase in 2013 and is transforming the new Enterprise Zone site as part of a long-term project to boost businesses and create jobs in Norfolk. The site will act as a powerful magnet to attract new businesses, particularly overseas companies looking to capitalise on the county’s expertise in these sectors.
Due to the limited availability of water from the wider network infrastructure, the Morgan Sindall team will install a 600 m3 water storage tank with booster pumps to increase the water pressure available from the new supply network. The firm will also install an upgraded power supply to power the new large pumps.
The project will bring the site, which has been vacant for nearly six years, back to life.
Norfolk County Council’s Chairman of the Economic Development Sub-Committee, Stuart Clancy, said: “This investment to provide more infrastructure is very important for the Enterprise Park and will attract more businesses to be based in Norfolk, generating significant income for the future.”
As part of Morgan Sindall’s commitment to sustainable best practice, the project team will use directional drilling to lay large sections of the new water main in order to safeguard protected species, including great crested newts that currently reside on the site. Measures have also been put in place to protect a number of barn owls which are present at the park.
Gavin Napper, area director at Morgan Sindall, said: “We’re delighted to have been appointed to deliver this important project at Scottow Enterprise Park. The groundworks represent the foundation of this innovative scheme which will provide businesses in Norfolk with a first-rate working environment.
“Morgan Sindall is well versed in delivering special works projects of this nature and we will be using special techniques during the scheme to ensure we do not disturb the wildlife living on the site. We are looking forward to working closely with the council and our project partners to deliver a great scheme.”
Morgan Sindall is currently delivering a number of projects for Norfolk County Council including the expansion of Queen’s Hill Primary School in Norwich and the expansion of Southtown Primary School in Great Yarmouth. Both projects are already underway and will be completed by spring 2017.
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