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Durranhill Industrial Estate Improvement works completed

Ribbon cutting to mark the completion of the multi-million infrastructure improvement scheme
Ribbon cutting to mark the completion of the multi-million infrastructure improvement scheme

[A] multi-million infrastructure improvement scheme has been completed at Durranhill Industrial  estate.

The works included a new road link from Eastern Way linking into the existing estate road network via Stevenson Road and also accessing the vacant land adjoining Cavaghan & Gray’s Riverbank Site.

The investment project was undertaken by Carlisle City Council with funding provided by Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (£2m), the Homes and Communities Agency (£0.25m) and its predecessor The North West Development Agency (£1.8m). The project started in summer 2015 and is now fully completed.

The scheme includes a new access road from Eastern Way linking into the former Cavaghan & Gray riverbank site (which will release a further 3.3 ha for development), widening of Brunel Way, improvements to the electrical infrastructure and landscaping.

Cllr Heather Bradley, Portfolio holder for Economy, Enterprise and Housing, said: “The substantial investment in the industrial estate has enhanced the attractiveness and functionality of the key M6 corridor employment site. This has been reflected in recent development activity on the estate. Many sites which have remained vacant for over 10 years are now occupied and new buildings are being developed on the Border TV site.”

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership director Graham Haywood added:  “We’re pleased to see one of the LEP’s major projects in Carlisle come to fruition.Durranhill is an important Growth Deal investment which is contributing to our economic priorities to support infrastructure improvements and exploit the strategic connectivity of the M6 corridor. The £2m we have invested in access improvements and site servicing will ultimately help to boost the local business economy, opening up opportunities for growing SMEs and for new businesses to be created here or attracted to the area.”

Stuart Sage from the Homes and Communities Agency, said: “It is fantastic to see how the HCA’s investment has helped make such a big change to the estate, providing new development opportunities and creating new jobs for local residents.”

Durranhill is situated 1.5 miles south west of the city centre and has an area of 15.5 ha. A large proportion of the Estate is owned and managed by Carlisle City Council and is home to Cavaghan & Gray, the city’s largest employer and a key supplier to M&S.

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