Enterprise Centre build at Chesterfield’s Donut roundabout given the go ahead

The transformation of Chesterfield town centre has taken a ‘significant step forward’ as plans for a new enterprise centre at the town’s Donut roundabout have been given the green light.

Tuesday, 19th February 2019, 10:37 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th February 2019, 11:42 am
An artist's impression of the centre

The proposals, by Whittam Cox Architects on behalf of Chesterfield Borough Council, will see the new centre built on part of Holywell Cross car park- and form a vital part of the Northern Gateway.

When complete, the three-storey building will consist of 32 offices for start-up and small companies, along with meeting rooms, a reception, showers and a bike store.

Councillors, who rubber stamped the plans at a planning meeting on Monday, say the centre will meet demand for office space for growing small businesses and support existing innovation centres at Dunston and Tapton Park.

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Councillor Terry Gilby, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for Economic Growth, said: “These plans are a vital piece of the jigsaw in the Northern Gateway scheme and we know from the enquiries we get from start-up businesses how much this type of office space is needed in a town centre location.”

Andrew Dabbs, board director at Whittam Cox Architects, said: “We are delighted that the Northern Gateway Enterprise Centre will soon be breaking ground bringing a contemporary commercial offer to Chesterfield.

“This development is a great example of how a forward-thinking Local Authority can take hold of its own direction and positively influence change and investment in our town centres.

“I have no doubt this development will act as a catalyst for further development and opportunities for the town.”

The Northern Gateway project is funded by the Sheffield City Region Infrastructure Fund Grant of £5.83 million with Chesterfield Borough Council contributing £6.5 million.

Works are due to start in March and will take around a year to complete.