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WORK is well under way on the country’s first zero cost energy park that has created a bright future for the borough’s job market.

The Swan Lane site, named Armstrong Point, has already given a boost to the local economy as 95 per cent of the workforce has been recruited from within the borough, which equates to 33 jobs.

And after the £2.7m project is complete jobs will continue to be created as nine business units will be up for grabs for energy conscious businessmen and women.

The pioneeringly eco-friendly development, based at Swan Lane, Hindley Green, should be finished by September.

Tenants of the site, owned by Armstrong Properties and being constructed by Tolent, will not have to pay any energy costs due to the installation of cutting edge low and zero carbon technologies.

And Dave Pickersgill, Tolent’s project manager for the development says that the state-of-the-art technology is sure to be adopted by developments up and down the country in coming years.

He said: “The development is really impressive and we have some really exciting technologies being installed across the park to make it as eco-friendly as possible.

“This is definitely the way things will be going within construction within the next few years.”

Some of those technologies include a rain water harvesting system that will be utilised for toilet usage, a 12 kilowatt wind turbine, solar panels on all of the roofs as well as solar walls, which are at the forefront of new solar technology.

Thermal insulation across all of the units are also well ahead of what is required under current regulations.

And it does not stop there. Dave added: “We as the builder have also been monitoring our own carbon emissions and trying to offset that.

“We employ as much local labour as we can which cuts down on travelling and we’ve also been keeping an eye on all the power that we use to keep it to a minimum where possible.”