Completion in view for Pool’s latest superfast connected “House of Growth” workspace

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Cornwall Council’s latest workspace development project in Pool, which began just before the first lockdown, is in its final sprint towards completion in May 2021.

Situated opposite the Pool Innovation Centre (PIC), the first high quality workspace project undertaken by Cornwall Council, Chi Tevyans or “House of Growth”, continues to further the Council’s plans to support business development and economic growth.

With full occupation, the Chi Tevyans project has been estimated to create 40 new jobs and contribute £1.5 million to the local economy.

Building on PIC’s successful performance over the last 10 years of supporting 120 innovative and emerging companies, creating over 350 new jobs, the development of Chi Tevyans will help established businesses grow as part of their next stage of development.

To address the current lack of suitable workspace for expanding enterprises in the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth area, this new-build will provide twelve fit for purpose office suites for businesses looking to relocate into high quality, flexible and well-connected space that will support their growth plans.

Boasting excellent connectivity through ultrafast ‘fibre to the premise’ technology, its proximity to Pool Innovation Centre’s business hub and to the A30, Chi Tevyans is designed to respond to the needs of thriving enterprises seeking to locate in a dynamic area to further develop their products and services.

Built by Kier Construction Ltd and following BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standard, the three-storey building will provide twelve energy efficient office suites, ranging from 86 to 122 m2, with the added flexibility to sub-divide the offices, to either create extra offices for separate tenants, or multiple offices for a single tenant.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for culture, economy and planning Tim Dwelly, said: “This new development will cater for growing businesses that provide skilled jobs with good wages. Sited next to Pool Innovation Centre, this new workspace has been specifically designed to support those larger businesses which are looking to expand but are struggling to find a suitable space that would suit their needs.”

Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership Chief Executive Glenn Caplin-Grey, said: “This high-quality accommodation with ultrafast fibre broadband will appeal to businesses in Cornwall’s fast-growing tech sector and complement plans on the edge of Pool for the proposed Fibre Park as part of the Camborne Town Deal. Combined with the success of the Pool Innovation Centre, we have the foundations for a major tech cluster.

“I am pleased that Chi Tevyans is close to welcoming its first businesses and will soon be offering an exciting new workspace hub to support companies to grow and thrive.”

Cornwall Councillor for Pool and Tehidy Ward Philip Desmonde, said: “This new, high quality workspace will offer Redruth, Camborne and Cornwall a dynamic and central economic hub in Pool, where our amazing Cornwall enterprises can develop. It will be ideal for ambitious growing businesses to move to the area and join an innovative and productive community in Pool. I strongly urge our excellent Cornwall businesses to leave the era of COVID restrictions and grab the G7 event in Cornwall as the spring board for unleashing their potential in this wonderful facility, whilst enjoying a quality of life balance with quality of opportunity.”

Chris Couch, area manager for Kier Regional Building Western & Wales, said: “We are making good progress on the new Chi Tevyans development and on track to hand the building over in May. This is the first project we have delivered through Cornwall County Council’s construction framework and we are utilising our skills and expertise, as well as working with our talented local supply chain partners, to build this new office space which will offer first-class facilities.
“We are committed to leaving lasting legacies in areas in which we work and throughout this project, we have provided training and job opportunities, including 100 waged training weeks and we’ve also supported three fantastic apprentices. We have also held careers talks with local schools and diverted 346.2m3 from landfill.”

The project has been enabled thanks to £2.3 million funding from the European Regional Development Fund, matched by £1.9 million from Cornwall Council. Construction is expected to be completed in May 2021, with the intention that tenants will be able to move in shortly afterwards.

Businesses interested in finding out more about Chi Tevyans can visit: https://www.choosecornwall.co.uk/property/chi-tevyans/ or email: info@choosecornwall.co.uk 

European Regional Development Fund 

The “Chi Tevyans” - Grow On Space project is receiving up to £ 2,376,080 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding

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