WIGAN is to become home to the UK’s first zero-energy cost business park.
The £2.7m scheme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), will mean that tenant firms will not have to pay gas, electricity or water charges thanks to cutting edge technologies that will be installed at the Swan Lane site, Hindley Green.
The state-of-the-art industrial estate will provide nine business units and will create around 65 jobs as a result of £1.3m investment which has been committed to the project by ERDF, which is managed by the Northwest Regional Development Agency.
North West company, Armstrong Properties (NW) Ltd will by redeveloping the brownfield site to create the 0.47 hectacre super-estate.
Once completed in 12 months’ time the units will be let to a variety of new start-ups and existing small and medium enterprises.
Dave Armstrong, MD of the company, said: “We are using 12 low and zero carbon technologies, some of which have never been used before.
“This scheme will raise the bar in terms of sustainability for property development and create an amazing opportunity for occupiers to slash running costs for their businesses.
“This development will help others re-think how property is developed, it also helps future proof our investment against forthcoming environmental legislation and should ensure we have the units let.”
Electricity for the site will be supplied by a wind turbine and photovoltaic systems while rainwater will be collected and filtered in order to meet water demand, other electricity and gas costs will be met by the government ‘green’ incentive programme.
Just some of the innovative technologies will include meters to let businesses see how much energy their buildings are generating and how much energy they are using.
Green technologies including photovoltaic cells, which harness daylight and convert into electricity, Energi-panel cladding systems, which take sunlight and convert into usable heat to reduce the need for warm air heaters, combined with heat exchange technology to provide carbon free cooling, plus solar hot water will dramatically cut operational costs.
And state-of-the-art LED lighting technology will illuminate the site controlled with by sophisticated sensors, plus many more technologies.
David Malpass, Head of the European Programme, said: “Swan Lane will be a shining example of best practice using the very latest in technologies.”