MAJOR firms have already expressed an interest in moving to a new £3.6 million business park near Newquay, where construction work has only just begun.
Six units, ranging in size from 170 square metres to 837 square metres, are being built by Fortdown Developments Ltd at the Quintrell Downs site.
The project has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Convergence Programme, which contributed just over £2 million.
John Richards, of Fortdown, said the company had been contacted by many top businesses keen to relocate or expand, with several units already put under offer.
A major attraction for prospective buyers is the site’s green credentials, he said, with solar panels, efficient heating systems, state-of-the-art insulation and other technology keeping overheads to a minimum.
Mr Richards added: “For me, one of the reasons companies start up or relocate is to benefit from the beautiful environment Cornwall has to offer. By incorporating these green elements into the units we have made every effort to make the buildings highly sustainable thereby reducing energy costs for future occupiers for years to come.
“Furthermore a key component part of this project is the provision of over three acres of additional serviced employment land which is available for companies who might want to undertake their own development project and design a scheme specifically around their needs.”
The units include car parking spaces, which are complemented by storage areas for bikes, and recycling facilities.
John Pollard, leader of Cornwall Council and joint deputy chair of the convergence local management committee, which steers the convergence programme, said: ‘This development is another good example of private investment working with the ERDF Convergence Programme to unlock development potential for future economic growth.
“The Quintrell Downs site demonstrates that the ERDF programme is committed to developing appropriate workspace across Cornwall and this is something that I wholeheartedly welcome.”
Robert McGuffie, director of RJM Property & Development Consultants Ltd, said: “We are delighted to have secured the much needed ERDF Convergence funding to help bring this project to fruition. The green credentials of the scheme will prove to be of great benefit to businesses.
“Already the levels of interest in the scheme have been very high which is extremely encouraging and helps demonstrate the lack of quality stock available in Newquay and the wider area.”
* The units are available either on a sale or lease basis and enquiries should be directed to Alder King on 01872 222174 or Stratton Creber Commercial on 01872 261028.