ARCH INVESTING IN BLYTH
Growing the local economy is at the forefront of Northumberland County Council’s priorities, with an ambition to create 10,000 new jobs across the County by 2031. The Council wants to deliver better local jobs in towns and communities whilst ensuring that the County is well connected to economic opportunities on Tyneside. Northumberland is focused on demonstrating real change on the ground for residents and businesses. We want to do this by working together as a family of services including in-house delivery by the Council, work with arms-length organisations and collaboration and commissioning arrangements with our partners.
As part of this family of services, Arch, The Northumberland Development Company operates as an investment and asset-based business with a £115.6m portfolio of commercial and residential property, the profits from commercial activities are reinvested to support economic and social development. It is a commercial business with an economic and social mission, wholly dedicated to taking care of its customers and investing in Northumberland’s communities.
Arch, has been established by Northumberland County Council as an arms-length development company to drive capital economic development, physical regeneration, business growth and to attract investment. Arch is Northumberland’s largest private residential landlord with over 850 properties, 228.72 acres of development land and 761,719 sq ft of commercial, workspace and industrial portfolio.
Cllr Grant Davey, Leader of Northumberland County Council said “Arch makes a significant contribution across Northumberland and no more so than in Blyth Valley one of our priority areas. Arch continues to lead for Northumberland County Council on the regeneration of Blyth, including investing in Blyth Town Centre and the Commissioners Quay Development”.
The vision for Commissioners Quay is an integrated, mixed-use place that is a destination for living, working and visiting. Arch is leading the delivery of this significant and high quality development that will provide socio-economic, environmental improvements and positive sustainability benefits to the community whilst supporting economic regeneration along the Blyth River and Quayside area.
Blyth Workspace consists of first-class, contemporary managed offices in a striking quayside location, it is a highly energy efficient building, with state-of-the-art facilities, professional reception, dedicated super-fast broadband, free parking, rapid electric car charging points, and 24/7 security services including CCTV. Businesses can also benefit from 5 years free business rates, as the building is located in an Enterprise Zone. Nestled between the Port of Blyth and the Catapult Offshore Renewable Energy Centre, previously known as Narec and adjacent to the desirable area of Ridley Park, the superb new serviced office accommodation consists of high quality office space to let with a range of offices sizes, meeting and events spaces, high quality landscaping and access. Blyth Workspace received investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Competitiveness Programme 2007 – 2013, the Homes and Communities Agency and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s North East Investment Fund.
The inn development will be circa 25,000 sq. ft, proving 40 beds, with a ground floor restaurant / bar managed by The Inn Collection Group – with construction commencing in summer 2015, and a completion date of spring 2016.
The Inn Collection Group is the North’s leading hospitality and leisure group. With an expanding portfolio of inns across the North East and North Yorkshire including the Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick and The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses. The Inn Collection Group is backed by private equity providers Kings Park Capital and Santander Corporate. The group, headed by well-known North East hospitality and leisure businessman Keith Liddell, is committed to delivering excellence in customer service, value for money and quality across all of its services, including food, beverages and accommodation. The development will support the Blyth Workspace and service the existing and growing business community, helping to create Commissioners Quay as a destination and to enhance the leisure tourism profile of Blyth.