Cornwall has a new hub for growing businesses following the opening of Cornwall Council’s latest workspace development project in Pool.

The Pool Innovation Centre 2 – Grow On Space project, known as Chi Tevyans “House of Growth”, is located opposite the original Pool Innovation Centre (PIC) and offers 12 high quality office suites for growing or relocating small and medium sized businesses.

The building, which was safely completed despite the challenges of the pandemic, is part of the Council’s plans to support business development and economic growth and is expected to create 40 new jobs and contribute £1.5 million to the local economy.

It was officially opened by Councillor Linda Taylor, Leader of Cornwall Council.

Cllr Taylor said: “This impressive new development is proof of the Council’s determination to invest in innovative projects that encourage and support business. These new workspaces will support larger, growing businesses that will in turn create skilled and well-paid jobs for our residents. Our economy is not just about tourism and we are leading the way in developing world class work spaces, support and facilities to help businesses grow.”

Chi Tevyans was brought forward to address the current lack of suitable workspace for enterprises looking to expand or move to the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth area.

It builds on a decade of success for PIC – during which 120 innovative and emerging companies have been supported, creating over 350 new jobs – and puts in place the infrastructure to help established businesses grow as part of their next stage of development.

Built by Kier Construction Ltd and targeting a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standard, the three-storey building provides 12 energy-efficient office suites, ranging from 86 to 122m2, with the added flexibility to sub-divide the offices, to either create extra offices for separate tenants, or multiple offices for a single tenant.

It boasts excellent connectivity through ultrafast ‘fibre to the premise’ technology, has the advantage of being close to Pool Innovation Centre’s business hub and is located within easy reach of the A30.