Helping SMES thrive in this new enterprise zone

My colleagues and I in the OFR Leeds team have just completed work on an exciting project in Goole, East Riding.

The Goole Business Centre and Innovation Hub is a brand-new venue in the Goole 36 Enterprise Zone – a new commercial destination that is a being nurtured as a hub for companies in manufacturing, engineering, and rail supply chains.

The £8m facility will comprises 3,200 sq m of flexible office and workshops over three storeys with dedicated spaces for local SMEs. It also features high quality conferencing facilities, and a welcoming communal café that will act as a focal point for the business park.

OFR delivered the project alongside contractor Willmott Dixon, as well as a broader support team that included architects The Harris Partnership, K2 Mechanical and Electrical Services and consulting engineers Silcock Leedham.

Our role was to advise on the fire engineering strategy for the space, working throughout the design and construction of the building. Our early involvement allowed for non-standard aspects of the design to be discussed and agreed with the Approval Authorities; including safe provisions for wheelchair users and careful planning of escape routes. It was a fairly straightforward and rewarding project, and although there were a few small challenges along the way, we’re delighted to see it now come to fruition ready for a new commercial population to base themselves here. 

Find out more about the Goole Business Centre here


Laura Smith

Principal Fire Engineer

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