Space Northwest unveils Edge Lane reception

Liverpool Innovation Park's new £4m reception and networking area, partly funded by the North West Development Agency, will be officially launched this month.

Edge Lane receptionThe new reception to the Edge Lane complex, once home to Marconi, features a 5,000 sq ft wireless broadband facility "where like-minded entrepreneurs can collaborate, exhibit products and services".

The reception was funded by £2.5m from Space Northwest, owner of the Liverpool Innovation Park, and £1.42m from the European Regional Development Fund. Space Northwest is a 50:50 joint venture between Ashtenne Industrial Fund and the North West Development Agency.

There are also training rooms, exhibition space, "meeting pods" and a café-cum-bistro. As part of the refurbishment works two ground floor Grade A office suites, comprised of 5,500 sq ft and 9,500 sq ft respectively, have been created adjacent to the reception, and are now available for rent. The suites have been named in honour of serial inventor Trevor Baylis.

A launch event will take place on Thursday 14 April. Wayne Locke, Ashtenne's regional director, said: "The new reception area provides the perfect setting for like-minded entrepreneurs to innovate and collaborate, and it is a tremendous asset not only for the park community, but the wider Merseyside knowledge sector also.

"Together with our partners we are delighted to be officially unveiling this new facility and it is just one of a number of ways in which we are working together to nurture and support Liverpool's thriving knowledge sector."

The new reception is accessible via Liverpool Innovation Park's new car park on Innovation Boulevard, off Edge Lane.

Contractors, Mansell Construction Services, carried out the work. The design team included architects Archial, building services engineers Veridian Consulting, civil and structural engineers WYG and quantity surveyors Todd & Ledson.

Liverpool Innovation Park comprises 500,000 sq ft built environment set in 110 acres. It has units available from 100 sq ft to 80,000 sq ft, with approximately 10 acres available for further development.

DTZ are the letting agents.

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