East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) is seeking an architect to design a landmark £5.5-to-6.5 million enterprise centre in Raunds
The winning architect will draw up plans for a 2,500m2 complex in the Warth Park industrial estate featuring flexible office spaces, meeting rooms, a workshop and a reception.
The East Northamptonshire Enterprise Centre (ENEC) project will provide BREEAM Excellent accommodation for up to 90 start-up local businesses. The design contract is valued at around £540,000 and divided into four lots covering architecture, structural and civil engineering, mechanical and services consultancy, and principal designer services.
According to the brief: ‘In line with Enterprising East Northants’ aspiration, the East Northamptonshire Enterprise Centre (ENEC) is a priority project within the council’s economic development strategy and plan.
‘The ENEC will provide 27,000 sq ft [2,500m²] of lettable modern, flexible, managed business space and play a critical role in delivering the council’s support for SMEs. Located at the entrance of Warth Park, the ENEC will provide a catalyst for supporting the development and growth of new and start-up businesses. This “landmark” building will set the standards for future ENC development projects and commissions.’
Raunds is a small town in rural Northamptonshire between Northampton, Rugby and Peterborough. It features a large business park with distribution centres for Howdens and Gem Logistics.
The ENEC development aims to support up to 150 jobs and create 400 new jobs, delivering £25 million for the local economy.
The project will create a new three-storey enterprise centre next to the A45 on a 1.15ha site at the entrance to the Warth Park industrial estate. The 2,500m2 development will also include a single-storey workshop building.
The deadline for applications is midday, 28 March.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
East Northamptonshire Council