Summer completion date forecast for enterprise centre

Work on office accommodation which will support new and growing businesses in Chesterfield is on track to be complete by the summer – despite the problems posed by the pandemic.

The Northern Gateway Enterprise Centre is now weatherproof – meaning another key milestone has been reached in the project programme.

Councillor Dean Collins, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for economic development, said: “It is fantastic to see this building progressing with such pace.

“Our contractor – Robert Woodhead has worked incredibly hard and overcome many challenges to make sure they can deliver this project without delay in a Covid-secure environment.

“I’m confident this enterprise centre will provide the space and support for businesses to express their entrepreneurial spirit and start or grow local businesses in the borough.

“This will help ensure we create a thriving borough with lots of opportunities for young people to develop excellent careers in our town.”

Dan Cove, project manager from Robert Woodhead Limited, said: “Works are progressing really well despite a few challenging days with the snow and ice.

“The team on site are working to enhanced covid secure measures too, so that has added to the operational complexities of the scheme. It’s taking shape and you can see what a great addition this will be to Chesterfield.”

Andy Dabbs, board director at Whittam Cox Architects, said: “As a local practice we are delighted to see progress still being made on site despite the pandemic.

“The Enterprise Centre is such an important part of the Northern Gateway regeneration in Chesterfield, providing a new and unique commercial offer which is designed to be a catalyst for further investment and development.”

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