Large investment in redevelopment of the Motherwell business park is welcomed


A huge £3.3m investment in the redevelopment of the Motherwell industrial estate has been welcomed.

Braidhurst Industrial Estate will be transformed into a modern, low-carbon facility to support start-up businesses and skilled job creation.

The community received £1.8m from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, with the community and North Lanarkshire Properties Ltd investing a further £1.54m to refurbish the property.

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The project will create ten new ‘net zero incubator’ units providing affordable space for start-ups, micro and social enterprises and six existing units, North Lanarkshire Properties Ltd. belong are being renovated.

Two of the new units will be made available rent-free to community organizations to establish a Men’s Shed initiative and one will be a hub for the Council’s community Restorative Justice service.

Councilor Ian McNeil, Chairman of North Lanarkshire Properties, said: “Braidhurst Industrial Estate is an important site for local businesses in Motherwell and this project will regenerate the site to create high quality, modern and low carbon industrial space.

“Businesses are increasingly striving to reduce their carbon emissions and work towards net zero, so the Braidhurst facilities will help them achieve this and encourage local people to take advantage of employment opportunities within the property by being active Offer travel connections in the area.”

It is expected that this and future investments will help secure 80 existing jobs and create and maintain 25 new full-time jobs, along with 18.5 jobs per year in construction during development.

The power and heat required by the units are generated on site and they have access to high speed broadband.

There will be improved parking facilities with electric vehicle charging stations and bicycle storage, as well as improvements to roads and footpaths, drainage, lighting, signage and landscaping.

“There is significant demand for small and micro industrial units across North Lanarkshire and the new facilities at Braidhurst will help provide suitable accommodation for more companies looking to locate here,” said Councilor Allan Graham, Chair of the Business and Growth Committee .

“Businesses within the industrial estate will also receive development and growth support from community services and Business Gateway Lanarkshire.”

SNP Councilor for Motherwell West, Councilor Annette Valentine, welcomes the huge investment in her community.

She said: “This significant Scottish Government investment in Motherwell West is very welcome and will have a huge impact on the local community.

“Any move towards a greener model should be welcomed and I am also pleased that this funding will make more local jobs available.

“Once again we are seeing additional funds from the SNP Government flowing directly to the local communities in Motherwell, supporting not only local businesses but also the local people.”

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