Keys for the new Ambition Broxbourne Business Centre were handed to Broxbourne Borough Council at an official opening ceremony on Thursday 12 January.
The Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, the Countess of Verulam, attended the opening of the £4.6m project in Pindar Road, Hoddesdon, alongside Broxbourne’s MP Charles Walker, the Leader of the Council Mark Mills-Bishop and the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Carol Crump.
After a tour of the facility, Lady Verulam formally welcomed attendees to the event before Andrew Morris of building contractor Ashe Construction handed the keys to the Deputy Mayor.
The Deputy Mayor said: “it is a privilege for me to accept the key for the Ambition Broxbourne Business Centre on behalf of the Council. I’m confident that the Centre will flourish, along with the businesses that have taken up residency here.
“We’re very lucky to have this fantastic facility here in Broxbourne and I commend everyone involved. I look forward to hearing about all of the success stories it brings.”
Council Leader, Councillor Mark Mills-Bishop, said: “It is looking splendid and the first tenants have already moved in and are enjoying the state-of-the-art facilities on offer. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being shown round these modern offices and I look forward to hearing stories of those businesses that work within its walls finding success in the Borough and beyond.”
Broxbourne Council owns the centre, and Basepoint Business Centres was involved in shaping its construction and will operate it on behalf of the Council. The modern facility has 68 offices and studio spaces and its focus is on the needs of start-ups and those existing businesses that are seeking to grow, with the provision of quality accommodation with easy-in, easy out terms.
Paul Witcombe, Enterprise and Innovation Manager at the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: "The centre provides high quality accommodation with flexible easy-in, easy-out terms to help start-up and maturing SMEs prepare for growth. Having contributed £1.8m to the delivery of this project, we are pleased with the way in which the project has been managed by the Council to deliver a landmark building on time. We are confident that it will be a great success and continue to support local entrepreneurs for many years to come.”
Other partners included, RH Partnership Architects, Baqus as Employers Agent and Quantity Surveyors, Method as Mechanical and Electrical Consultants and Pick Everard as Structural Engineers.