Goff Group, together with their advisers and project architects, have been consulting with key stakeholders, including South Norfolk District Council and Norfolk County Council to develop a scheme that responds positively to local environmental constraints and opportunities.
Goff is proposing to submit a full planning application for the Energy Innovation Park located at Wymondham, southwest of Norwich, towards the end of October.
The Energy Innovation Park will provide up to 9,950 sqm gross development area containing workshops, incubation units, flexible grow on units, associated offices, café and break out space. Of this gross area, up to 8,000 sqm will be lettable space.
The building will be designed to meet the highest standards of sustainability (BREEAM Outstanding) providing an exemplar facility to attract innovative businesses. This would be only the second project in Norfolk to achieve this level.
The design has been developed to create a state of the art, modern and sustainable facility, within a high-quality landscape setting. The building form is generated by the optimum width to provide workshop and office spaces for which there is a proven demand, based on the success of the nearby Hethel Innovation Centre.
The brief has developed and evolved in response to the COVID-19 environment, and the accommodation has changed to create a larger number of workshops, and fewer offices, which Goff thinks ‘best reflects the likely market demand in the post COVID-19 era’.
The offices will have a provision for flexible on-demand office space, which will become more attractive in the new business environment, which indicates a greater amount of home working as a business norm.
The aim for this centre is to be “an exemplar of one of the UK’s leading business enterprise parks, being a developer of renewable and low carbon energy and a significant producer of low carbon goods and services. It will encourage and support the creation of high value digital/engineering start-ups and create grow- on space for evolving businesses”
Lanpro, on behalf of the Goff Group, hope that ‘you support these draft development proposals and we would like to hear your views and thoughts on the scheme’
The consultation closes on Monday 21st September at Midnight.
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