Work on a new multi-million-pound business centre and innovation hub that will offer flexible office and workshop space for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has started on the Goole 36 Enterprise Zone.
The Rail, accelerator and innovation solutions hub for Enterprise (RaisE) will provide 3,200 square metres of commercial floor space made up of grade-A office and workshop accommodation, much-needed high quality conferencing facilities, and a welcoming communal cafÃ© hub that will act as a focal point for the business park.
RaisE, in phase one, is being delivered by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and is expected to be completed by late 2021/early 2022.
This £8.1million project has secured £1.5m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and £1m from the Getting Building Fund, via the Hull and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership (HEY LEP), to help finance the project.
Phase two will follow on the same site and will be a £50m centre of excellence for rail and research and innovation developed between Siemens Mobility and the University of Birmingham.
In conjunction with the £200m Siemens Mobility manufacturing facility which is currently under construction, this exciting partnership between industry, academia and the public sector will help create a 'Rail Village' concept that will attract further added value activity from the wider supply chain.
Paul Bell, head of economic development and communications at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "The council is absolutely delighted to see building work on this business centre and innovation hub start.
"We know that, once completed, it will stand proudly alongside Siemens Mobility's soon-to-be-built, state-of-the-art rail manufacturing facility, and will be another glowing example of how Goole is viewed as a flourishing economic area for investment and growth.
"We also welcome our partnership with Siemens Mobility and The University of Birmingham who, along with industry partners such as The UK Rail Research & Innovation Network (UKRRIN) and The Rail Alliance, are excited by Goole's potential and our shared 'Rail Village' vision."
James Newman OBE, chair of the HEY LEP, said: "We are thrilled to support the RaisE centre in Goole through our allocation of the Government's Getting Building Fund.
"This centre will provide a fantastic opportunity for SMEs to take advantage of modern and spacious office space, tailored towards businesses in the engineering, manufacturing and rail sectors with research and development in mind.
"We hope to see businesses take advantage of this unique opportunity to utilise the high-tech facilities the RaisE centre will feature as it is vital we create the supply and innovation chain to support our large businesses in these sectors."
Sambit Banerjee, managing director, rolling stock and customer services, for Siemens Mobility Limited, said: "Our aim at Goole is to create a centre of excellence for the rail industry and to generate long-term skills and investment in the region, and the start of construction of RaisE is a real milestone in that journey.
"As part of the 'Rail Village', RaisE will be a great space for collaboration and it is fantastic to see it being supported by a network of partners from the UK rail industry and higher education - with a key focus on providing research and development support, particularly for start-ups and SMEs.
"Our team at Siemens Mobility are looking forward to moving into the top floor and working in the heart of innovation at Goole!"
Professor Clive Roberts, professor of Railway Systems and head of the School of Engineering at the University of Birmingham, said: "We are delighted to be working with Siemens Mobility, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the HEY LEP on this exciting initiative.
"Our involvement in this project provides the university with an opportunity to expand its reach in the area of railway innovation into the HEY LEP region, by providing a regional hub for Rail Alliance, our rail business support community.
"We look forward to working with our industry and academic partners, and Rail Alliance SME members to develop the railway supply chain in the region."
The striking three-storey building, with a prominent frontage to Tom Pudding Way, will include spacious, modern conference rooms, smaller ground floor meeting rooms, communal break-out areas, an on-site cafÃ© and ample, free on-site car parking for occupants and visitors.
Each office and workshop, set over the ground and first floor, will range from between 236 square feet to 840 square feet in size. To occupy each space available, costs will start at around £25 per square foot, which will include power, heat and light (however, additional charges will apply in relation to business rates, insurance, telecoms and internet).
The full second floor, which will be around 900 metres, will be the office base for Siemens Mobility, who will look to accommodate around 100 employees on site at RaisE, with up to 700 new jobs being created overall at the Goole site by Siemens.
It is also estimated that the business centre, via its occupiers, will create around 98 new job opportunities once its doors open, whilst 45 construction jobs are currently being generated as a result of the build.
Construction of the RaisE business centre is being undertaken by the independent contractor Willmott Dixon, in conjunction with East Riding Infrastructure & Facilities. The contractor is committed to delivering brilliant buildings, transforming lives, strengthening communities and enhancing the environment so our world is fit for future generations.
Anthony Dillon, managing director for Willmott Dixon in the North, said: "We are proud to play a part in delivering such an important and exciting project, one which will support and enable the Goole 36 Enterprise Zone to become a hub for the region's SME businesses to thrive.
"Supporting our communities in these times of uncertainty is more important than ever, and delivering RaisE will allow us to work with regional supply chain partners, creating employment opportunities for local young people, former members of our armed forces and ex-offenders, as well as empowering local causes and organisations that directly impact the lives of those in need."
Amanda Hoggart, business centre manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, added: "Our business centres have a number of different-sized office and workshop space available to let, and can be accessed 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.
"Each centre has its own pro-active team on site, including experienced business advisers and a professional, front-of-house team to support your business."
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