Centrix offers 15,000 sq ft quality business accommodation spread over two storeys which was completed in 2004 at a value of £2.7m.
The acquisition of the site from the local authority was contested against a number of housebuilders, and a loss of further employment land to housing seemed to be an inevitable disposal outcome.
A compelling case was put forward to demonstrate that through a joint venture arrangement a ‘best value’ solution could be produced for St Helens Council by delivering an innovative employment reuse for the site with a state-of-the-art, technology based complex for start up businesses in a managed environment. The project contributed specifically to the Borough’s Economic Development Strategy in respect of its declared intent to encourage ‘sunrise sectors’ to the Borough.
The services and features incorporated within centrix result from a close dialogue with St Helens Chamber of Commerce in identifying the needs of small businesses. This research revealed a distinct lack of high quality, fully serviced office accommodation with conference and meeting room facilities that would be suitable for small businesses to meet and greet their visitors.
The project was awarded North West Development Agency grant support.
An external team of professional consultants were used for the design stages and a contractor for the building works.
Network Space are developers, owners and managers of the property.