New business incubator to open in Dallam

Warrington Guardian: Steve Park Steve Park

A HUB for new businesses could soon be opening its doors in the town centre.

A scheme to create a business incubator, which would include a variety of units for business start-ups has been put forward by Warrington Borough Council.

The project would be built on the former Dallam Day Centre.

It is part of the wider Stadium Quarter programme which will see the redevelopment of the area surrounding Winwick Street.

The plan would also link in with a proposed university technical college on the same site.

Steve Park, managing director of Warrington & Co., Warrington’s partnership for economic growth, said: “Warrington Borough Council is actively pursuing funding options to build a business incubator unit in the town.

“This is a part of our growth agenda as set out in our framework document Warrington Means Business.

“The planning application is to ensure that we have a location ready for development as and when we obtain grant funding. We hope to have some positive announcements to make in this regard early in the New Year.”

The proposed five-storey development will offer offices and laboratory spaces for new businesses.

The former day centre, which closed in 2012, has already been demolished and the scheme would see the new building designed to link up with a new central boulevard which will run through the Stadium Quarter.

Under the scheme it would see the large car park on Winwick Street be transformed into offices, residential property with plans for a hotel on the site too.

The planning documents are available at warrington.gov.uk to view and will be decided on next year.

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