The UK’s first Zero Energy Cost Business Park – Armstrong Point – launched its demonstration site in Manchester’s city centre on Friday 20th April.
The new £2.7million Business Park will be situated on the Hindley Green Industrial Estate in Wigan, providing 65 brand new jobs – as it opens nine industrial business units to rent. £1.3 million of the funding for Armstrong Point – which is due to open this September – is provided by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund).
In a unique twist, the park will allow all of its tenants to avoid any gas, electricity and water costs, due to its use of cutting edge carbon technologies.
A combination of photovoltaic systems and a wind turbine will provide the site with electricity, whilst filtered rain water will provide water needed in the building. Other costs (gas and electricity) are to be met by the government’s ‘green’ incentive programme.
Dave Armstrong of Amstrong Properties (NW) Ltd – the organisation behind the venture – launched the project with a speech at Urban Splashes POD development in Manchester. He was joined by guest speakers The Rt Hon Andrew Stunnell MP, Lord Redesdale and Wigan Rugby League legend William John “Billy” Boston MBE.
Armstrong pointed out the highlights of the development which will be based on a brownfield site (formerly the derelict Britvic building on the Hindley Green Industrial Estate). It is comprised of 0.47 hectares, and will provide 2,095 m² of business space. This will be through three steel frame industrial buildings, each capable of subdivision into three individual business units which in size range from 125 m² to 300 m².
Explaining further, Armstrong said: “We are using 14 low and zero carbon technologies, some of which have never been used before. This truly exemplar scheme will raise the bar in terms of sustainability for property development and create an amazing opportunity for occupiers to slash running costs for their businesses. This development will provide valuable working space to create jobs and assist businesses to meet current and future environmental legislation.
“In addition to helping Wigan businesses we look forward to assisting companies throughout the North West. This development will help others re-think how property is developed, it also helps future proof our investment against forthcoming environmental legislation and should ensure we have the units let.”
Tim Newns, chief executive of MIDAS, said: “Once complete, Armstrong Point will be a fundamental part of the Manchester city-region’s strategy to reduce carbon emissions, creating new jobs in Wigan and helping to put us on the map as the UK’s low carbon economic area (LCEA) for the built environment. This is an excellent addition to the region’s growing low carbon sector, which already employs over 35,000 people across 2,000 companies.”
The demonstration site is situated at Urban Splash development ‘The Pod’ on Worseley Street, Castlefield, and will remain open until September when the site in Wigan launches.