13 July 2017
North Lincolnshire Council has today revealed ambitious plans for Scunthorpe Town Centre in a £60m plus investment to transform the town. The projects aim to be completed by 2022 and will create more than 200 jobs, around 1,500 student places, plus £1.5m into the local economy.
The transformation projects aim to increase the number of people and businesses in the town, in particular, the Church Square area.
The first project to get underway is the £5.8m Ongo Homes new HQ that will create 50 construction jobs and space for 250 employees. The new offices should be completed by March 2018 and will use British Steel made in Scunthorpe and local contractor, Scunthorpe based Britcon (UK) Ltd.
Other projects include:
£5.7m Church Square House extension providing space for 600 council workers and creating 45 construction jobs
Around £15m for new University Centre
£3.9m to provide up to 60 one to two bed homes on Lindum Street - private sector investment
£14.7m new 200 unit facility for NHS employees. In addition, there will be five commercial units below
£1m library refurbishment
£4m improvements to make the town look more attractive and road and pedestrian improvements to create better access
A town centre board made up of representatives from leading local institutions and developers will be established to oversee the projects and ensure they are delivered on time and within budget. Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of the council will oversee the projects, along with Simon Green, Executive Director Commercial at the council.
The plans will complement the award-winning 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in Church Square, which continues to attract thousands of visitors and has received international recognition for its popular exhibitions.
The Humber University Technical College (Humber UTC) is also based in Church Square. The first of its kind to be built in our region, it specialises in engineering and renewables alongside mainstream subjects.
Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said:
“This is a significant investment never seen before that will transform the town and create a vibrant and thriving place where people will want to live, work, study, invest, visit, and spend their leisure time.
“Our aim is to create a centre for learning and business – a place and where people will want to stay. That’s why part of our ambitious plans includes building a new 2,000 place University Centre right here in the heart of Scunthorpe town centre.
“Equally, we want to give people the opportunity to work in this fantastic town. To enable that to happen, we are creating more business opportunities – including retail and leisure. Already, we have seen a rise in number of investment enquiries interested in the town centre.
“Our plans include sprucing up the town and improving access through £4m of Greater Lincolnshire LEP money, building new offices to help bring together public sector organisations and improve access to services, and building new homes so more people can live in the town. In addition, there will be a larger Action Station to help support those looking for work and training.
“These are exciting plans that have already started with the Humber UTC and now the start of work to build the new £5.8m Ongo Homes HQ in Church Square.
“We are one of only a few councils in the country to provide free parking, a great choice of unique independent shops and cafes. We are committed to building a town that will thrive and where people want and are able to stay.
“We plan to put our county town well and truly on the map and over a period of time, change perceptions and create a lasting legacy for future generations of a prosperous and vibrant town, no less than people deserve."
Andy Orrey, Chief Executive of Ongo, said:
"This is an exciting time as we see the regeneration of Scunthorpe town centre kick off with the new Ongo HQ. As a company, we are committed to investing in our local communities and we are looking forward to having such a strong presence in the town centre. We hope that our confidence in choosing this location for our new HQ is only the start in seeing increased investment in Scunthorpe."
Richard Farnsworth, British Steel Managing Director Construction, said:
"While our steel goes into buildings and projects across the globe, we're equally proud it will be used in a development just a short distance from our steelworks.
"It's a great vote of confidence in the skills and expertise of local people and I'm sure our employees, and the people of Scunthorpe, will be pleased to know that quality steel made in the town will go into this building.
"We're delighted to be working with North Lincolnshire Council and other local businesses on this project."
Shaun Hunt, CEO of Hunt Group and Director at Britcon, which is appointed to build the Ongo Homes new HQ and Church Square House extension, said:
"As a local business with our roots firmly established in Scunthorpe for more than 25 years, we are delighted to secure these major contracts to revitalise the heart of the town we call home. The majority of our construction team will of course be employed locally with a fantastic combined skill set to deliver buildings that the community can be proud of."