THIS is the vision of the UK’s first zero cost energy park – and it’s coming to Wigan soon!
Armstrong Properties has just have started building this pioneeringly eco-friendly development on the former Britvic site at Swan Lane, Hindley Green.
To be called Armstrong Point, the £2.7m project, will provide nine business units where tenants will not have to pay any energy costs due to the installation of cutting edge low and zero carbon technologies.
It has been aided with European Regional Development Fund cash and work is also being carried out by construction firm Tolent which is currently constructing the new Wigan Youth Zone as well.
The park should be ready by September this year, creating much needing jobs for the local area. The site will provide 2,095m sq business space. Three steel frame industrial buildings each capable of subdivision into three individual business units ranging in size from 125 to 300m sq each will be developed.
The development will also include a demonstration centre in one of the units, showcasing the many low and zero carbon technologies for commercial properties and domestic properties.
Managing director Dave Armstrong said: “We are creating our demonstration centre to help enlighten businesses, schools, colleges and domestic homes all about energy efficiency, waste management, renewable technologies.
“As part of our ERDF funding we have been given a role to assist businesses in this area and we welcome Wigan businesses to come forward and ask for free help.”
The new proposals to cut carbon emissions in new and existing buildings were announced this month by Communities Minister Andrew Stunell, who said they would make new homes, shops and offices warmer and cheaper to run.
They form part of a consultation on changes to the Building Regulations regime, which aim to pave the way for all new homes in Britain to be zero carbon by 2016 and non-domestic buildings by 2019, making Armstrong Point well ahead of time.