Digital park powers ahead with £4.1m funding boost

Chorley is set to become the centre of the rapidly growing digital sector in Lancashire thanks to an ambitious £8.4m scheme being developed by Chorley Council.

Sunday, 6th November 2016, 8:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 5:03 pm
A computer generated image of the Digital Office Park

A new advanced digital office park creating 54,000sq ft of state-of-the-art office space providing high value jobs for hundreds of people is to be built at Euxton Lane after the council won financial backing from Europe.

The council won over £4.1m funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) towards the cost of scheme and now work is expected to start on site early next year.

Coun Alistair Bradley, Chorley Council leader, said: “We are delighted to have secured this funding from the ERDF, we’re the only local authority in Lancashire to have been successful in this particular bidding round and we believe it shows confidence in what we are trying to do.

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Photo: David Hurst Chorley Council Leader Alistair Bradley

“Digital technology is the business of the future and this development will put Chorley right at the centre of digital technology in Lancashire.

“We are really excited to be creating such a high quality business facility in Chorley which will create the wealth of tomorrow with hundreds of well paid and skilled jobs.

“This is one of the most significant business developments to happen in Chorley for a generation and it will drive forward economic growth.

“It has been estimated by independent experts that it could generate an additional £18.5m for the Chorley economy.”

Photo: David Hurst Chorley Council Leader Alistair Bradley

The council is working with commercial data centre service provider AIMES who to create a state of the art 1.5MW Data Centre to provide digital services; including Cloud, hosting and connectivity to the Digital Office Park, Lancashire region and beyond.