Funding For Porthmellon Innovation Centre Receives Endorsement

What the new centre will look like

What the new centre will look like

The organisation that manages European Convergence money in the region has endorsed funding for the proposed Innovation and Enterprise Centre at Porthmellon.

The decision on the £1.5m plan to redevelop the old wholesalers unit into 5,000 square feet of business space had been delayed.

That was so the Convergence Management Group could look at all of the applications for money before the fund closes in December.

Strategic Investment Manager Diana Mompoloki said the project will still need the go-ahead from Full Council and she’s planning to present a report at their next meeting on December 12th.

The idea for the scheme came from a Council business survey, which revealed that a significant number of businesses in Scilly were home-based with inadequate workspace.

The building will include a kitchen for use by local producers as well as flexible office and meeting space.

There’s also a unit at the end, which will be used by the Scilly Cart Company.

It’s already been passed by planners and St Mary’s-based contractors, PC Green, have been awarded the building contract.

If it goes ahead, the £1.5m project won’t cost the Council any money. The cost of the site and the existing steel structure is being provided as match-funding.



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