Thursday, 26 March 2015

Investing in Blyth Valley:

Investing in Blyth Valley:
Further afield Arch Homes are also building a £2.5m
development of 28 houses and apartments at Seaton
Delaval, these are a wide mix of high-quality homes, which
will include larger 3 bedroomed family homes, two bed
homes and a small number of apartments. All have been
let for private rent, which will ensure good quality, new
homes for working people on mid and lower incomes. In
Cramlington Arch Homes has 50 residential properties
consisting of a mix of semi-detached and detached family
houses.

Our commercial estate in Cramlington includes Nelson
Park Industrial Estate, Bassington Industrial Estate,
Enterprise Court, Mailing House and South Nelson
Industrial Estate. Compromising a total of 59 units and
167,209 sq ft of industrial space. The Nelson Park Network
Centre currently offers seven units with a total floor space
of 18,000 sq ft. All of the units are let and Arch is adding
an additional two 6,000 sq ft units for industrial use. The
units have been specifically designed to satisfy existing
demand as there is currently a shortage of units offering
these sizes. Units will be available early 2016 – enquiries
are already being taking from prospective pre-lets.

We have committed nearly £3m to local Blyth Valley
business for business growth and apprenticeships,
it is expected to create 324 jobs, from which 37
apprenticeships have already been created and the
companies themselves are expected to invest a total
of £9,832,918.

 A selection of Cramlington businesses
from the programme include: Advanced Engineering
Solutions, Avid Technology, B Print & Display Limited, B&B
Attachments, BSS Led, Geneius, Miller UK Ltd, Techflow
Technologies Ltd, AAF, Aesica, Merck Sharpe & Dohme,

Blyth Townscape Heritage Initiative


 Blyth Townscape Heritage Initiative

Arch has played a key role in coordinating the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) in Blyth. A well-established heritage conservation programme which has invested grants totalling £850,000.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Blyth Central Conservation Area Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) has helped to bring five historic commercial buildings back to life, and to date has awarded £550,000 to help support local businesses in restoring their buildings, attracting £150,000 of their investment. The central area of Blyth has great heritage merit, and a number of fine commercial properties, the THI aided repair and restoration work that has helped restore that special character. The buildings which have benefited have included: Frameworks, the former Lloyds Bank on Bridge Street which is a Grade II listed building, The Beauty Factory and Rickard Chartered Surveyors on Havelock Street.

Blyth’s town centre conservation area has seen a restoration of its historic buildings and public realm and now another prestigious building will see the benefit. Arch is currently working with Poundstretcher to secure the restoration of their building on Bridge Street, where a programme of works would fully restore the external elevations, in particular the ground floor shop to enhance their retail offer. This will be the final THI project. Planning permission has been granted and work will start spring 2015. Historically, the former Hedley Young Department Store (now Poundstretcher) was an important community asset on Bridge Street for many years, providing a prestigious retail outlet to both locals and visitors. The proposals will complete the transformation of this fine period building, by repairing and restoring the fine facades, and reintegrating within the streetscape of Blyth.

Blyth Bus Station

Arch has led the investment to Blyth bus station, the £620,000 investment aimed to improve facilities for public transport users and operators by making the area more attractive, useable, accessible and safe. This includes improved lighting, paving materials, access, crossing points, soft landscaping and street furniture.


Councillor Grant Davey, Leader of Northumberland County Council said: “This is great news for leisure and cultural services in Northumberland.


£1million reinvested in culture and leisure services in Northumberland

Through innovative working as part of a family of ‘companies’ Northumberland County Council has been able to ensure the reinvestment of £1million into leisure and cultural services across the county.

Austere financial times for local authorities mean that in some council areas services such as tourism, arts and leisure are facing significant cuts.  In Northumberland the council places a high priority on these services – recognising their value for both local communities and the economic and social development of the county.

Active Northumberland, the charity and limited company which provides leisure management and development on behalf of the council, will expand from 1st April this year to deliver the full range of cultural services including arts strategy and development, library services, tourism strategy and development, cultural strategy, visitor information, strategic events and heritage development.

Arch, The Northumberland Development Company, operates as an investment and asset-based business with a £115.6million portfolio of commercial and residential property. Profits from Arch’s commercial activities are reinvested to support economic and social development, and the company is making a £1million charitable contribution to Active Northumberland.

Councillor Grant Davey, Leader of Northumberland County Council said:  “This is great news for leisure and cultural services in Northumberland. Through looking at how we provide services through our ‘family’ of companies we have been able to sustain a good level of investment in leisure, tourism and culture, while reducing the council’s contribution.

“This is an exciting opportunity and the sort of measure that we are able to consider in Northumberland – and which goes some way to combatting the impact of national austerity measures.”

Councillor Dave Ledger, chair of Arch and Deputy Leader of the council said:  “Arch is a commercial business with an economic and social mission.  It is wholly dedicated to taking care of its customers and investing in Northumberland’s communities. Leisure and tourism are fundamental aspects of local economies, and so important to residents, and this is therefore a very appropriate way to reinvest profits.”

Councillor Susan Dungworth is chair of Active Northumberland.  She added: “We are delighted to receive this cheque - it is great news, both for Active Northumberland, and residents in the county. Leisure and culture is strongly referenced as part of the council’s corporate priorities, and this reinvestment will help us to continue to work creatively to protect good quality services for residents and visitors, and ensure the services we manage on behalf of the council have a long and positive future.”


ENDS


Notes to editors:

Active Northumberland is an established charity and limited company which provides leisure management and development on behalf of the Council.  From 1 April Active Northumberland will also deliver the full range of cultural services including arts strategy and development, library services, tourism strategy and development, cultural strategy, visitor information, strategic events and heritage development on behalf of the Council.  

The Council recognises that culture is a vital part of people’s lives, enabling them to have fun, meet people, develop skills, keep fit and achieve aspirations – this extension of Active Northumberland will create a fully integrated culture, tourism and leisure offer for the people of Northumberland whilst improving the resilience, impact and reach of services.


About Arch
Arch, The Northumberland Development Company has been established by Northumberland County Council as an arms-length development company to drive capital economic development, physical regeneration projects and business growth in Northumberland.

Arch brings together five subsidiary companies delivering services in housing, commercial enterprise facilities, digital change and physical regeneration. The company has a clear economic focus and will help Northumberland develop credible sites and propositions to win new jobs and businesses for the area.


Contact for further information

Alexandra Wiley, Arch Marketing and Communications Manager:
Tel: 01670 528495
email:
alexandra.wiley@arch-group.co.uk
www.archnorthumberland.co.uk

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 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”.

 

 

 Commissioners Quay

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.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council and the Labour group has tonight welcomed the news that Blyth will host the Tall Ships Regatta in 2016.


BLYTH IN LINE FOR MASSIVE BOOST AS TALL SHIPS SAIL IN 2016
“This should be welcomed by everyone who wants to see Blyth and Northumberland succeed” – Grant Davey, leader of the council and the Labour group
Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council and the Labour group has tonight welcomed the news that Blyth will host the Tall Ships Regatta in 2016.
The event which will take place between 26 and 29 August 2016 and will involve over40 ships. The ships are crewed by young people and organised by Sail Training International.
The event will provide a significant stimulus to the local economy in Blyth and comes hot on the heels of the recent announcement of the Tour De Britain visit to Prudhoe in the west of the county. Berwick sees its 900 year celebrations continue throughout 2015.
The Tall Ships Regatta has proved to be a great draw for visitors and it is expected to inject over £10m into the local economy. In Falmouth, the last place to host this event, the local economy benefitted to the tune of £12m and Blyth will be going all out to beat that figure.
Councillor Davey who also represents a Blyth ward said
“This is another example of this administration getting on with the job of boosting and growing the Northumberland economy. We’re absolutely delighted to bring this event to Blyth but it’s only one of a number of high profile events which will see a real boost to our economy”.