Chorley's Strawberry Fields Digital Hub nears completion

A digital hub which is set to create hundreds of high value jobs and help make Chorley a key player in Lancashire's digital economy will open its doors this summer.

Strawberry Fields Digital Hub offers 40,000sq ft of state-of-the-art office space, with a high capacity server and super-speed broadband. The space available includes hot desks, micro pods, flexible desks and more traditional office suites and mix of meeting and training rooms will be on site offering workshop facilities as well as a networking zone.

Businesses will be also able to tap into on-site digital support and a university advisor, offered to help develop products and services while maximising returns.

The £8.4m development was part-funded by a £4.1m grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and will be operated by Chorley Council, who took control this month.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, said: “The building has now been handed over to us and the last remaining pieces of work are the internal fit out with furniture and completing the access road on to Euxton lane.

“It’s been a major coup for us to secure European funding for the site, which demonstrates the confidence in what we are doing to introduce this, not just for Chorley, but to serve the whole of Lancashire.

“The fact we have got dedicated business support and a university advisor on site means companies will have all the help they need to develop their products or service and grow it to maximise return.”