Levelling up gathers pace in Scunthorpe as leading construction group appointed on multi-million-pound high street concept

Council News
09:43, Thursday, 14th April 2022

One of the UK’s leading construction groups has been appointed to progress the multi-million-pound enterprise and innovation hub in the heart of Scunthorpe town centre.

Earlier this year planning permission was granted for the ground-breaking high-street concept, which will bring new jobs and new people into the town.

Galliford Try will complete detailed designs for the £12m redevelopment for North Lincolnshire Council as part of the Government’s Future High Streets Fund.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council and Towns Fund Board Member, said: “I am thrilled that the Board has been able to appoint Galliford Try to kickstart the next phase of this amazing development.

“The enterprise and innovation hub will be a game-changing addition to the heart of Scunthorpe, welcoming new people to the town centre for new reasons.

“Not only will businesses benefit from the incredible environments and green space, the growth of staff and young professionals will directly support Scunthorpe’s bars and hard-working retailers. It is a real win-win for the high street.”

Designs are set to include outstanding collaborative space for businesses, as well as a 46-bed unit for the NHS and licensed café bar.

The innovation hub is one of several projects being delivered to transform Scunthorpe and create a different future. The schemes are funded with £30m of Government cash from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, through the Towns Fund and Future High Streets Fund.

They include delivering gigabit broadband to hundreds of businesses, creating an advanced manufacturing park, delivering green energy schemes for schools and community buildings, new cultural experiences, a blue light facility, and hundreds of news homes.

The plans are designed to stimulate the creation of more, better-paid jobs, driving prosperity and ensuring a new future for people who live locally.

Holly Mumby-Croft, MP for Scunthorpe and vice chair of the Towns Fund Board, said: “This further shows Government backing plans for growth in Scunthorpe and evidence of levelling up – this will create jobs, new homes for the NHS in the heart of the town centre and make a huge contribution to the rejuvenation of the high street.”

With contractors also on site building the urban park in Church Square, it is an exciting time for Scunthorpe.

Cliff Wheatley, Managing Director of Galliford Try Building North East, said: “We are delighted to be involved in the delivery of the Scunthorpe Enterprise and Innovation Hub, which will provide a high-quality modern working environment for businesses across the region.

“The new hub helps revitalise the high street and will attract more people into the heart of town, stimulating the local economy and ensuring its future sustainability.”

Cllr Waltham added: “With the construction of the hub moving ever closer, there is a fantastic opportunity for forward-thinking businesses to relocate or expand into the town centre, becoming part of Scunthorpe’s exciting next chapter.”

To find out more visit the Invest in North Lincolnshire website.

Featured image shows, from left to right, Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, Roger Morton, Operations Manager, Galliford Try, Holly Mumby-Croft, MP for Scunthorpe, Cllr John Davison, cabinet member for stronger, safer communities: urban at North Lincolnshire Council and Ian Barnes, Pre Construction Manager, Galliford Try, pictured at the site of the enterprise and innovation hub on Scunthorpe high street.