Last brick laid: Scunthorpe’s multi-million pound enterprise and innovation hub takes shape

Planning and Environment
08:41, Tuesday, 17th October 2023

The construction of the multi-million-pound enterprise and innovation hub – set to bring hundreds of new jobs to Scunthorpe town centre – is progressing at pace.

Last week Towns Fund Board members were on site to witness an important milestone in the building’s construction – the laying of the last brick to the 46-unit accommodation block.

When completed, the ambitious build will provide more than 27,000 sq feet of premium office and collaborative space up to 200 workers, and a licensed café bar, as well as the accommodation.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council leader and Towns Fund Board member, said: “It was brilliant to get a tour of the site and see first-hand the progress being made on this landmark build.

“Scunthorpe MP Holly Mumby-Croft works hard to secure Government support for the town – including the cash needed to deliver this groundbreaking hub – which will bring new jobs and new people to the heart of Scunthorpe.

“The Enterprise Hub is one of a number of projects which will create an exciting new future for the town, and I can’t wait to see all the works completed.”

Other projects backed by Government cash in the town include the construction of a new police station, installing gigabit broadband and more.

Holly Mumby-Croft, MP for Scunthorpe, said: “These are hugely ambitious plans that will create a vibrant new future for the town centre.

“The Government continues its substantial investment in Scunthorpe. On top of the millions of pounds coming from Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, through the Towns Fund and Future High Streets Fund, we’ve also had confirmation of a further £20m, which will be delivered over the next ten years and be shaped by residents’ priorities.”

Towns Fund Board members pictured on a site visit to Scunthorpe's Enterprise and Innovation Hub

Towns Fund Board members pictured on a site visit to Scunthorpe’s Enterprise and Innovation Hub

Outside the hub, The Queen Elizabeth Memorial Gardens have already opened, creating an inviting environment for visitors to unwind in and enjoy events.

The gardens have already hosted the world’s only giant animatronic tortoise and smallest solar powered cinema, as well as folk dances and superstar robots, and will soon stage Scunthorpe’s Christmas Light Switch On.

Throughout the construction of the Enterprise and Innovation Hub, North Lincolnshire Council has worked with contractor Galliford Try to offer great opportunities to local students keen to pursue a career in industry.

This includes delivering project introduction and construction sessions at nearby schools and colleges, as well as supporting North Lindsey College T-Level students over their two-year course, which will include 45 placement days on site.

On top of this, 40 weeks of apprenticeship has been supported on site, providing aspiring construction workers of the future with an invaluable opportunity to learn the skills of the trade on the job.

As part of the build a raft of community projects have also taken place to benefit local residents including an activity day to improve the Crosby Flats Courtyard, which included a new bench and a donation of paint for children’s pavement games.