Development to boost business at Newquay Airport Enterprise Zone
11:00am Tuesday 19th June 2012 in Truro
Two development projects worth over £5m have been completed to open up business development land on the Aerohub Enterprise Zone at Newquay Cornwall Airport.
The two projects, which include the construction of an access route to the south side of the Airport, and the refurbishment of Echo Taxiway and Apron, are to ensure these areas of the airport are investment ready and to encourage future commercial development.
“This is an important stage in the development of the Enterprise Zone” said Chris Pomfret, Chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership. “It now makes the south side of the airport fit for purpose”.
The construction of the southern access route gives vehicle access to the South-Side of the airport avoiding runway crossings, an area of the airport that was effectively 'landlocked'.
Previously, vehicles wanting to get to the southern side of the airport would have to cross the runway.
This new access road connects the south side of the airport to the road network and opens up development land for potential investment.
The value of the project was £3.6m, with £1.6m from Convergence European Regional Development fund (ERDF) and £1.6m match funding from Cornwall Council.
The Echo taxiway links the runway to the hangar apron on the southern side of the airport whilst the large apron provides aircraft parking and access to the hangar.
Both areas needed strengthening and re-surfacing, with the apron lighting requiring improvement to meet the CAA standards to become part of the licensed airfield.
The refurbishment of these areas will allow aircraft access from the runway to the southern development zone, opening up the use of a number of sites around the apron for development, including the existing hangar.
The value of the project was £1.8m, with £538,000 funding from Convergence ERDF and £1.25m match funding from Cornwall Council.
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership's application to develop an Enterprise Zone at Newquay Cornwall Airport was approved by the Government in August 2011.
Cornwall is one of just 24 enterprise zones in England and one of only two in the South West.
The project is being led by the LEP and Cornwall Council, the owners of the airport and surrounding land, who have commissioned Cornwall Development Company, the Council's arms length development company, to deliver the Aerohub Enterprise Zone.