New Romney Business Centre construction reaches major milestone
Photo credit: Andrew Cruttenden, Martello Building Consultancy
Construction work on the New Romney Business Center has reached an important milestone.
Breem Construction, the contractors for the center on Mountfield Road, began preparatory work for the project in December – and now the first concrete has been poured for the building’s foundations.
The business center, which could be open for business through January next year, was created to fill the void in Romney Marsh when the Dungeness B nuclear power plant finally closes.
The hub is designed to provide a flexible workspace for small businesses that has the potential to create jobs in Romney Marsh by attracting new businesses to the area, including those that may currently be online from home.
The creation of the £ 2 million center was made possible by Folkestone and Hythe District Council, who have received a funding package with not-for-profit regeneration company East Kent Spatial Development and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s socio-economic program.
Cabinet Member for Economic Development Cllr David Wimble said, “It is exciting to see this excellent project get under way.
“It’s been a fantastic partnership approach and this overseas investment underscores the importance of Romney Marsh to the district and is a great example of the council working with partners on a project that will create much-needed jobs in the city. “
Cllr Patricia Rolfe, Chair of the Romney Marsh Partnership and New Romney Coastal Community Team, said, “It is wonderful to see the results of such a proactive partnership progressing so well.
Cllr Patricia Rolfe
“It is another step forward in ongoing efforts to develop and improve the area we hope will bring great benefits when it comes to helping entrepreneurs develop their business and the economy on Romney Marsh to be maintained over many years. “
The Council and East Kent Spatial Development Company are equally contributing to the development by funding £ 735,000 each of the cost.
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority grant covers £ 500,000 of the cost of building the center and provides an additional £ 205,238 to allow a business consultant to work at the center for four years supporting local businesses.
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