The scarcity of modern office accommodation in St Austell is set to be alleviated with the completion of a 9,700 sq ft scheme that also marks the final element of the town’s Urban Village project.
The scheme, known as Cannis House, has been brought forward by regeneration specialist Priority Sites and comprises a Grade A office building that can be divided into four separate office suites that will help create or safeguard around 40 jobs once fully occupied.
Priority Sites has worked with the South West of England Regional Development Agency (SWRDA), Restormel Borough Council, Devon and Cornwall Housing Association and the Princes Foundation to deliver the office element of the Urban Village on the former railway yard in St Austell.
The scheme is regarded as a key component in the town’s regeneration by providing much-needed flexible high quality accommodation that will suit both fledgling and expanding businesses.
Already Priority Sites is reporting a strong level of enquiries for the £2 million scheme, which is available to lease or purchase as a whole unit or by individual office suite. The accommodation, which has attained a ‘Very Good’ rating on the building industry’s environmental benchmarking scheme, BREEAM, comprises 2,015 sq ft of space on the ground floor, 4,207 sq ft on the first storey, and a further 3,163 sq ft on the top floor.
Miles Carden, Priority Sites’ area development manager commented: “St Austell has been earmarked as one of the key towns in Cornwall where workspace needs to be provided to fuel further progress and grow the economy.
“As Cannis House is the first new office scheme in the town for decades, it will play a vital role in helping meet the ready demand for modern accommodation among the business community. As the development is just five minutes’ walk from the town centre it will also complement the future rejuvenation of St Austell’s retail and leisure facilities.
“We have worked hard with a large number of local partners to make this challenging project a reality. I must particularly thank English Partnerships for their investment and Restormel Borough Council who stepped in at the last minute to give the project additional assistance. Without these interventions this project would not have happened”.
Councillor Annette Egerton, Leader of Restormel Borough Council, said: “The opening of Cannis House is a fitting completion to the Urban Village development. It provides much needed, modern office accommodation in St Austell and opens up opportunities for both new businesses and those wishing to expand.”
Notes to editors:
Priority Sites, a commercial development joint venture owned by The Royal Bank of Scotland and English Partnerships, is one of England’s most active developers. Its success is due to the fact that it provides quality business premises that fit the needs of the companies that regional and local enterprise agencies want to attract, bringing new, long-term jobs to parts of England that need them the most. Unlike many commercial developers, building is done mainly speculatively, allowing companies to either rent or buy.