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PECT backs plans for 'environmental' Innovation Centre



Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) - the body set up to promote the concepts of environmental responsibility and sustainable development in Peterborough - has given its backing to plans for an 'environmental' innovation centre in the city.

The innovation centre is intended to act as an incubator for young knowledge-based firms, offering them not just premises to work from but a range of support services to ensure their success. The steering group behind the proposed centre plans to give it an 'environment focus', making it a national resource for businesses specifically dedicated to the development of environment-related technologies.

PECT chairman Grainger Davies said: "Such a centre has the potential not only to facilitate the growth of new firms and the creation of new jobs but could also build on Peterborough’s status as one of only four Environment Cities in the UK. We hope the building itself can be designed to demonstrate the best environmental technologies and symbolise the city’s status as a UK leader on green issues.”

Although there are many innovation centres across the UK - and the rest of the world - none have the 'environment focus' proposed for the Peterborough centre. Current plans envisage a new building of around 40,000 square feet (3,700 m2) accommodating 35 to 40 businesses employing about 100 people in total. It will have meeting rooms, a cafeteria, reception and secretarial support and will be capable of extension to meet future demand.

December 2001

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David Steel
Peterborough Innovation Centre Project Consultant

Tel: 01832 280536
Email: [email protected]

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