A NEW base for start-up businesses is to be opened in Warrington town centre.

These new images show what the £8.5million business incubator will look like.

Sitting on the former Dallam Centre in Dallam Lane, the five storey building is part of the council’s stadium quarter plans and should open in summer 2015. It will stand next to the University Technical College, which will open next year.

The new Business Incubator will provide a workplace specifically aimed at providing prestigious accommodation for start-up businesses.

The five storey state-of-the-art building will feature a café at ground floor level and offices and research and development facilities on the upper floors.

Funding has come from a £1.7 million European Regional Development Fund grant and £6.7 million investment from Warrington Borough Council’s capital programme.

The building could house up to 100 small businesses when it opens.

The wider development over the next decade will create up to 1,000 construction jobs and nearly 4000 new permanent jobs when fully completed in 2024.

Clr Terry O’Neill, leader of Warrington Borough Council, said, ‘Warrington is recognised as the number one location outside of London for Business start- up companies and this new facility is being built in response to demand.

“It will provide a first class base in which new businesses can develop and grow.

Steve Park, managing director, Warrington & Co., Warrington’s partnership for driving economic growth said, ‘This is great news for Warrington and a great start for Stadium Quarter.

“The business incubator is exactly what start up businesses need. It will provide office and R & D space on flexible lets into which they can develop and expand.

“The business location too could not be better. Warrington & Co. will also work with the new tenants to ensure that their growth needs are met.

“Stadium Quarter is now under way. This is an exciting moment in the regeneration of Warrington town centre.”