New project under way at Blackpool Airport enterprise zone

The new development at Amy Johnson Way in the Blackpool Enterprise Zone
The new development at Amy Johnson Way in the Blackpool Enterprise Zone
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Work is getting under way on another plot on the Blackpool Airport enterprise zone as the project to attract businesses and create jobs continues with its rapid start since its launch last April.

A series of units of up to 20,000 sq ft are to be built off Amy Johnson Way on the Blackpool Business Park close to the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and Wise Energy premises.

Diggers have moved onto the site to prepare the ground and foundations on the site which last summer was taken over temporarily by travellers.

The latest development follows last month’s launch of the £5m Enterprise Court project to build 50 new units on a 3.6 acre site near the council’s Lightworks building, an extra office floor built at Amy Johnson House plus work to finish off warehouse buildings further along Amy Johnson way on the other side of the Chamber of Commerce. The enterprise zone is also set to be a centre of excellence for the energy sector, hosting the flagship Lancashire Energy HQ, by Blackpool and The Fylde College on the site of the former airport terminal, a development backed by £6.2m of Growth Deal funding.

It has already attracted 25 companies including hi-tech springs firm Force Technology but the aim is to attract nearly 140 new businesses and create up to 3,000 new jobs, over the next 25 years.

Rob Green, from The Blackpool Fylde and Wyre Economic Development Company, which is masterminding the development of the Enterprise zone, said the project had got off to a good start.

He said: “I am really pleased with this latest development and pleased with the early progress but there is an awful lot more work to do.

“We are in the process of putting together a master plan for the scheme and that should start to open up the full potential of the site.”

The enterprise zone project was officially launched by Northern Powerhouse Minister, Andrew Percy who visited the site in November.

The latest development is on a 0.79 acre site offering a variety of uses.

{http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/business/blackpool-enterprise-zone-gets-off-to-a-flying-start-1-7827961|See also: Enterprise zone off to flying start}