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Chesterfield’s Northern Gateway Scheme to create 500 jobs.

A revised Northern Gateway scheme was approved by Chesterfield Borough Council in July 2016 to improve the town’s northern entrance and create 500 jobs.

The plans include an enterprise centre for start-up and medium sized businesses on the site of Holywell Cross (Donut) car park as well as the provision of a new Saltergate multi-storey car park and environmental and street improvements to Elder Way and part of Knifesmithgate, to improve the area for pedestrians and encourage more people to use the area.

The revised Northern Gateway project will be funded by a Sheffield City Region Infrastructure Fund grant of £5.83 million.

The council has contributed £3.5 million to the scheme with the Co-op redevelopment being paid for by the private sector.

Chesterfield Enterprise Centre.

The plans for Northern Gateway include an enterprise centre for start-up and medium sized businesses on the site of Holywell Cross (Donut) car park.

The proposals, developed by Whittam Cox Architects on behalf of Chesterfield Borough Council, will see the new centre built on part of the site of Holywell Cross car park and form a vital part of the Northern Gateway.

Work on the Northern Gateway Enterprise Centre is progressing at pace – on track to be ready for tenants in the summer.

In March the dry lining and external cladding will be completed, progress has been made on the brickwork and a local contractor has finished the plastering works.

The project has benefited from grant funding support from the Sheffield City Region Investment Fund.

The Enterprise Centre has been designed to a BREEAM Excellent standard. BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method) is a sustainability rating scheme and focuses on building design, construction and use. It helps measure and reduce the environmental impacts of buildings.

Some of the features in the new development include:

  • Encouraging sustainable forms of transport with enough cycle storage space to cater for the number of occupants
  • A flexible building, allowing for future expansion, room subdivision and to allow further segregation and / or open-plan office spaces
  • Refuse areas have space for recycling containers, in compliance with the council’s recycling policy
  • Incorporating the latest water minimisation technologies where possible which will substantially reduce water use
  • Low energy lighting throughout
  • High performance double glazing
  • Bird boxes and mixed planting around the building to attract urban wildlife

The Grade ‘A’ Office space is offered on easy in and out letting terms and tenants at the Enterprise Centre will also benefit from access to a range of other council services and venues, including business support and corporate rates for leisure passes, parking permits and conferencing facilities.

With its town centre location, the Northern Gateway Enterprise Centre is easily accessible by car, train, bus and cycle users. It’s situated opposite the new Saltergate multi-story car park and close to all major bus routes and Chesterfield Train station.

The new building will provide:

  • 32 high-quality offices in a range of sizes (26 to 120 sq m) over three floors
  • Shared reception and lobby area
  • Meeting rooms
  • First floor break out area
  • Bicycle store
  • Shower and changing facilities
  • Air conditioning throughout
  • Lift access
  • Internal bin store
  • Kitchenettes on the first and second floor for use by occupants
  • Individually metered power supplies
  • Access control to all office doors
  • CCTV coverage to internal communal areas and external area
  • IT fibre connection with maximum speed multi bandwith and Wifi provided throughout
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