31 May 2019

Digital Hub ready to launch

Businesses in the creative and digital sector have the chance to join a unique development in Lancashire with the Strawberry Fields Digital Hub almost ready to open.

The £8.4 million development was handed over to Chorley Council this month and it is the perfect opportunity for digital creatives wanting to collaborate and grow.

The building, off Euxton lane, will not only boast state-of-the-art facilities and the fastest broadband it will host on site digital business support and a university advisor giving businesses an advantage over others.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “We’re continuing to see a lot of interest in Strawberry Fields and I want to make sure anyone who was considering taking some space gets in touch now before it all gets taken.

“It’s been a major coup for us to secure European funding for the site, which demonstrates the confidence in what we are doing to introduce this, not just for Chorley, but to serve the whole of Lancashire.

“The fact we have got dedicated business support and a university advisor on site means companies will have all the help they need to develop their products or service and grow it to maximise return.”

The site offers 40,000sq ft of state-of-the-art office space and will provide high value jobs for hundreds of people and will put Chorley on the map as the centre of the rapidly growing digital sector in Lancashire.  

The centre will have a high capacity server and super-speed broadband, vital for advanced digital businesses. The space available includes hot desks, micro pods, flexible desks and more traditional office suites and mix of meeting and training rooms will be on site offering workshop facilities as well as a networking zone.

“The building has now been handed over to us and the last remaining pieces of work are the internal fit out with furniture and completing the access road on to Euxton lane,” said Councillor Bradley.

“This will be completed in the summer and anyone interested in taking some space or who wants to have a look around just get in touch with us.

“Not only will it suit businesses needing permanent space it is ideal for people who are based at home but who need flexible space.”

The building was part-funded by a £4.1m grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and will be operated by Chorley Council.

For more information visit strawberryfieldshub.com, email edu@chorley.gov.uk or call 01257 515300.

You can view a selection of images of the completed building here.