WORK is set to start in the next few weeks on a much-anticipated new business centre that is seen as an important project in the regeneration of Hucknall town centre.
The eyesore former Beardall Street Secondary School, which runs between Vine Terrace and Duke Street, will be converted to provide premises for up to 16 firms.
The project will cost £1.3 million, although a meeting of Hucknall Partnership Group heard that 99.9% of the funding has come from the European Regional Development Fund, Ashfield Partnership and the Local Enterprise Growth Initiative. Local taxpayers are not having to contribute.
Hucknall’s town-centre manager, Mark Armstrong, told the meeting that the project was needed to provide much-needed office-space. It will be called the Byron Business Centre.
Mr Armstrong added: “I think we’ve every chance of fully letting the building. We have had a lot of interest from professionals.”
n OUR PHOTO shows the premises where the business centre will be housed — DISPIC NHUD11-2446-3.