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Competition: East Northamptonshire Enterprise Centre

Raunds, Northamptonshire
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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 2,500mdevelopment 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

Contact details

Greg Macdonald
East Northamptonshire Council
Cedar Drive
Thrapston
NN14 4LZ

Email: gmacdonald@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk

 

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