City-based commercial property specialist
Barker Storey Matthews has produced a list of possible sites for the
proposed Peterborough Innovation Centre - an 'incubator' for young
knowledge-based firms which will offer them not just premises to work
from but a range of support services.
The firm was commissioned by the steering
group for the innovation centre to advise it on suitable locations and
has identified more than 20 possibilities.
John Dadge of Barker Storey Matthews
said: “We are now discussing the list with the steering group which
will reduce it to a shortlist of perhaps three or four for more
detailed discussion and investigation."
For commercial reasons, none of the sites
is being publicly identified at this stage.
Mr Dadge added: "There is a high
demand for small units of the quality that will be available at the
innovation centre. With the benefits of Peterborough’s excellent
transport network and the support services that will be available
here, we are confident young companies will choose the Peterborough
centre over similar projects located elsewhere in the country.
“This exciting project has our full
support and we believe it will be a great success and an asset for the
Funding to secure the creation of the
Peterborough Innovation Centre is still being sought and it is
anticipated this will come from both the private and public sectors.
Steering group chairman John Durance
said: "The steering group is obviously keen to find suitable
sites as soon as possible in order to take the project forward. Within
the next few months we will narrow down the options that Barker Storey
Matthews has identified and enter into initial discussions with the
owners, with the aim of securing the best possible site.
"Barker Storey Matthews’ knowledge
and expertise within the commercial property business in the area will
prove to be invaluable in finding a site which meets our selection
criteria and which will be attractive to future tenants."
Feasibility studies have already assessed
market demand for an innovation centre in Peterborough and have
concluded that it should occupy between 30,000 and 40,000 square feet
(2,800 and 3,700 square metres). It will provide clients from a wide
variety of business sectors, and which meet a set of entry
requirements, with units ranging in size from 275 square feet to 1,700
square feet (23 to 160 square metres). There will also be central
meeting rooms, a restaurant, reception and post and photocopying
facilities - all situated in a purpose-built building.