Carluddon Technology Park and Employment Space for Advanced Manufacture (ESAM)

Project Investment

ERDF - £6,237,825

Carluddon Technology Park offers a real opportunity to provide a catalyst for the development of future high quality employment space within the St Austell area.  It will offer high quality business support, in high quality premises, in a highly visible location accessible from the A30.

It will enable physical and economic regeneration of the area. This will benefit new and existing businesses in the following sectors:

  • low carbon environmental goods and services
  • advanced manufacturing

Supporting innovation and entrepreneurial business, Carluddon Technology Park will create 75 high value jobs. It will also set a benchmark for design quality.  It is part of the West Carclaze Eco-community, the Eden Project and other same sector initiatives, including:

  • the Wave Hub
  • the Marine Renewables Park

This project will be led by Cornwall Council who will:

  • Provide capital and revenue match funding to cover the revenue deficit in the early years
  • Review and ensure the delivery of the project in accordance with ERDF requirements
  • Enter into a contract with the Main Contractor
  • Enter into an option agreement with Imerys as landowner
  • Assemble financial information and claims
  • Co-ordinate publicity and marketing
  • Undertake monitoring and evaluation
  • Act as the first point of contact for the contractors, the local community and stakeholders
  • Appoint (via an OJEU compliant tender) an Operator to manage Carluddon Technology Park.

ERDF investment in this project will provide new and existing businesses in the low carbon and renewable energy sector the opportunity to locate their operations at Carluddon Technology Park.  The applicant for the ERDF investment will be Cornwall Council. The Council will be acting within the scope of its ‘well-being’ powers as an agent of change. This is in the interest of the economic and physical regeneration of the area.  It will deliver and hold the assets created by the project.

Indirect beneficiaries of the ERDF investment will be local businesses and communities. Both will benefit from employment, knowledge transfer and supply chain opportunities in St Austell and the Clay Country.

The project has full planning permission. It is wholly located on a site approximately 2.5km to the north of St. Austell. This is between the villages of Scredda, Carluddon and Penwithick at the junction between the A391 and B3374.

The aim of the project is to establish the area as one of the premier locations in the UK for ambitious, high value businesses, working within the Low Carbon Environmental Good and Services Sector (LCGES). It also aims to be recognised nationally and internationally as providing a model for the low carbon economy and for low carbon living.

The project will remediate the Carluddon Technology Park site. It will also deliver 2,289 m2 Gross Internal Area of BREEAM Excellent Employment Space. This will create a nationally significant, self-sustaining facility targeted at the low carbon and renewable energy sector.

Small or Medium Sized Enterprises interested in locating in the new state of the art facilities are encouraged to come forward at this early stage of the project. The Council is also keen to hear from organisations interested in developing proposals for the wider Technology Park.  All enquiries should be directed to Greg Slater, Head of Investment and Growth. This should be by email to economicdevelopment@cornwall.gov.uk