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ECH-Friendly first for York

Business start-ups and fledgling companies in York will benefit from the city's first eco-friendly business centre, being built by property developers The Helmsley Group.

The £3 million purpose built eco-friendly small business centre is a requirement for the City of York council to relocate businesses from two existing sites.

Designed to provide the occupiers with quality modern accommodation built to the most up to date sustainable standards.

There will be green technologies used within the building and recycled building materials wherever possible.

The property, which is an innovative design, will extend to over 20,000 sqft and will include 8,000 sqft of office/studio space, 7,000 sqft of workshop, 2,000 sqft management suite and 3,000 sqft café/exhibition space.

Let to the City of York Council, the building will provide space for the Young Business Project which helps and mentors York's young entrepreneurs and new business start ups.

Located at a popular out-of-town business park, it will replace two smaller commercial centres which currently accommodate these new and growing businesses. Both these buildings will be redeveloped for other uses for the City Council once the Eco Business Centre is completed in late Spring 2008.

With space for 60 businesses the energy efficient accommodation will be offered at low, subsidised rents to business start-ups, who will be allowed to stay for a maximum of four years.

Designed by York-based DSP Architects, the flexible accommodation has been innovatively designed to create a sense of community for the occupiers to enable them to benefit from each other's expertise.

Ian McAndrew, associate director at York-based property investment and development company The Helmsley Group, said: "The building is designed to help reduce carbon emissions by the use of renewable energy technologies and energy efficient equipment and will be a first for York. Occupiers will benefit from reduced annual running costs compared to a conventional building of this size and nature. This is an excellent example of how all buildings in the future will be developed.

"We have embraced the concept of the private sector delivering an eco-friendly business centre to the public sector and launched Delta Enterprise Centres. We are utilising all the experience and expertise that has been gained in the development of the York Eco Business Centre and the same team can now offer the same model to other local authorities, economic development units, inward investors and further education providers."

Site investigations are currently being carried out to confirm whether ground source heat pumps can be incorporated into the York scheme to provide 'free heat' using the energy from the earth to heat and cool the building.

Other sustainable features will include solar panels providing hot water, a wind turbine generating energy for communal areas, water saving devices, a green roof, lighting saving controls linked to daylight levels and rainwater harvesting to water the landscaped areas.

Councillor Steve Galloway said: "The centre will be unique in offering not only vastly improved facilities for "start up" businesses, but also state of the art sustainability features to support the building. I believe that the proposed wind turbine could become the iconic symbol of York's fight back in providing thousands of new jobs, in durable market sectors, for the benefit of present and future generations".



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