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Office plan to raise the town profile; Next step in regeneration.

REGENERATION plans in Northumberland's biggest town are set to take a step forward with plans for an office complex.

The multi-million pound project for Commissioners Quay - on the waterfront at the Port of Blyth - is aimed at further cementing the town's growing reputation in renewable energy.

It involves the construction of new, serviced office accommodation, referred to as Blyth Workspace, which will aim to attract businesses involved in the energy sector.

Later phases of the Commissioners Quay site include the new housing as well as shopping and leisure facilities.

The project - which is being delivered by development company Arch - is looking to attract PS3m in European regional development funding and PS2.5m from the Government's Homes and Communities Agency.

It is hoped that work on the Blyth Workspace scheme will start later this year, to kickstart the wider re-development of the Commissioners Quay site and drive forward wider regeneration plans for the key River Blyth Estuary economic zone.

Local people will get the chance to examine the Blyth Workspace proposals for themselves when they go on display on Thursday, April 18 at the Community Enterprise Centre in Ridley Street, from 3pm to 7pm.

Arch has appointed a specialist team led by award-winning Xsite Architecture to design the plans for the long-term vacant site, which is next to Blyth's acclaimed National Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC).

It is said to have major potential as an operation and maintenance centre for offshore wind developments or a research and development base supporting the renewable energy market.

The scheme is part of wider efforts, to be led by Arch over the next three years, to regenerate the Blyth Estuary Enterprise Zone, and the town centre. Xsite Architecture is producing a masterplan for the Commissioners Quay site, of which the Blyth Workspace scheme will be the centrepiece and first phase development.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 10, 2013
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