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Burnley's new bridge to prosperity
2:00pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
SEVERAL businesses are in talks to take on units at the Burnley Bridge business park, it has been revealed.
The first beam on the bridge that will provide access to the 70 acre site off the M65 at junction nine was lowered into place yesterday.
Guiseley-based developers Eshton said firms in the engineering, distribution and aerospace industries had already opened talks over units on the site, with several expressing an interest in the key larger units.
Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle, who oversaw initial plans for the £60million development when he was council leader, hailed yesterday’s work as a ‘significant moment’, with the site creating around 1,400 jobs when it is fully operational.
He said: “Burnley Bridge is something that has been going on since I was council leader in 2006/07, so to finally see this work happening is fantastic. It is a significant moment.
“We’ve had to get a lot of public money to get the scheme going and the developers Eshton have also put in £56million in development costs. From speaking to people at Eshton it seems they have got some serious interest in the park, which is great to hear.
“Once a few of the units are up I think there will be a domino effect with companies keen to have a look and sign up.
“The bridge should be done and tarmaced not long after Christmas which will make it much more accessible.”
Work has already begun on some of the smaller units, including Magnesium Court, which will create six units covering 29,000 sq feet.
That is set to be completed by the end of February with the first occupiers expected to move in around then.
James Chapman, managing director of Eshton Properties, said: “It is a major step forward for us, it’s been a long time coming.”
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