Lancaster's White Cross Business Park set for renovation
White Cross Business Park in Lancaster is to be upgraded to improve its environmental credentials and better equip it to serve the digital companies of the future.
The work will take place at two specific buildings. The installation of air source heat pumps will lower the carbon footprint of The Chapel and energy efficiency will be improved with internally insulated walls and ceilings and new double-glazed windows.
Open-plan offices will provide modern high-spec office space to support Lancaster's thriving digital/tech sector.
Storey House will see the creation of seven refurbished offices, complete with superfast broadband connectivity, separate meeting space within open-plan office and access to a modern kitchenette and break-out space.
The refurbished space will be offered with priority to digital/tech sector companies, and membership of the Fraser House hub will be available to organisations who take up the new space.
The site, which is currently home to 130 businesses, is owned by Lancashire County Council’s economic development company Lancashire County Developments Limited. The council's in-house design and construction service is managing the project, and John Turner Construction is carrying out the work.
The refurbishment is forecast to be completed in the new year, with the office spaces available for occupation from Spring 2023.
County councillor Aidy Riggott, cabinet member for economic development and growth, said: "The latest redevelopment of White Cross Business Park will build on previous work that has gone into improving the office space at this popular site, to meet the needs of digital/tech companies.
"It's vitally important that we provide specially designed spaces that will allow innovative businesses to grow and develop, boosting the Lancashire economy and supporting local jobs."