Go-ahead for Zero Energy Business Park in Wigan
Wigan is set to host the UK’s first zero-energy business park, which will create around 21,000 sq ft of new business space.
At a total cost of ┬ú2.7m, the scheme is set to transform a brownfield site at Swan Lane in Hindley Green Industrial Estate, located a few miles east of the town centre, with the help of a ┬ú1.3m injection by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The park is unique because tenants do not have to pay any gas, electricity or water costs due to the low and zero carbon technologies used. These include wind turbines and photovoltaic systems to create electricity, and rainwater collection and filtering methods which will be used to supply water.
Energi-panel cladding systems and heat exchange technology will be used to insulate the buildings as well as provide heating and cooling.
Energy usage will be monitored by the installation of meters, which will enable tenants to keep track of their overall consumption and the amount of energy their buildings are creating.
According to TheBusinessDesk, Dave Armstrong, Managing Director of Armstrong Properties – the company responsible for the redevelopment of the site – said:
“We are using 12 low and zero carbon technologies, some of which have never been used before. This truly exemplar scheme will raise the bar in terms of sustainability for property development and create an amazing opportunity for occupiers to slash running costs for their businesses.”
David Malpass, Director of the European Programme for the ERDF’s North West programme, said that the new scheme will be “a shining example of best practice” using the very latest in sustainable technology.
“The demonstration centre will be a fantastic tool to support regional businesses to create innovative new products for a market with huge potential, and the whole site will encourage businesses to adopt energy efficiency measures themselves.”