Work has begun to redevelop a vacant area of land on Blyth quayside to attract more energy businesses and investment.
A ground breaking ceremony too place at the Commissioners Quay site as part of the development of a new Workspace.
The work will help regenerate the long term vacant site and enhance Blyth Estuary’s reputation as a centre of excellence in energy and research.
Over the next three years Arch, the Northumberland Development Company, will lead the delivery of a mixed use development of the wider Commissioners Quay site as part of the broader regeneration of Blyth Estuary and town centre.
Arch plan to create a high quality mixed use scheme, which could include commercial, residential and retail/leisure uses.
A specialist team led by award winning Asite Architecture to produce a new masterplan for the site, with Blyth Workspace being the centrepiece and first phase of the development.
Officials expect the Workspace building to be completed by February 2015.
Coun Dave Ledger, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council and chair of Arch, said: “I am looking forward to seeing this Workspace project develop and to it becoming core to the on-going regeneration of the Blyth Quayside area.
“It will be great to see work begin and watch the waterfront change, ready for new business in the future.”
Michael Bellamy, North East Local Enterprise Partnership board member and general manager of Cramlington-based PII Pipeline Solutions, said: “It’s great that Blyth Workspace is progressing, following North East Local Enterprise Partnership funding for the project.
“This is an important new development for Northumberland and the wider LEP area.
“It boosts the development of the Enterprise Zone site at the Port of Blyth which will help to attract new inward investors in the offshore, marine and energy sectors to the region.”
Blyth Workspace will be a high quality, sustainable and contemporary workspace, targeted to attract organisations within the energy sector.