BRE is part new enviro-tech Enterprise Zone announced by Chancellor

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BRE and its Green Triangle Partners* are part of the newly created Hertfordshire Enviro-Tech Enterprise Zone announced by the Chancellor in his Autumn Spending Review. The green growth initiative which will be created in West Hertfordshire, aims to deliver thousands of jobs, attract hundreds of new businesses and help unlock key development sites at BRE in Watford and Rothamsted Research in Harpenden.  

One of 18 successful Enterprise Zone bids from across England, it was submitted by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) with support from St Albans City and District Council and Dacorum Borough Council.

The Enviro-Tech Enterprise Zone will focus on creating economic growth with the emphasis on environmental technology. Its aim is to support and develop the existing enviro-tech sector in west Hertfordshire and attract more businesses and start-ups to the area which benefits from excellent national and international transport links.

Development capital will be allocated to a number of sites in the area which will host new business ventures at discounted rates and provide ongoing support. These include: Maylands Business Park and the Buncefield site in Hemel Hempstead, along with BRE and Rothamsted Research sites.

LEP Board Chairman John Gourd said: “We are absolutely delighted that the Government has recognised that our bid is underpinned by robust economic policies which will support both the enviro-tech sector and wider business community. We can now look forward to working with our partners to ensure this will bring significant benefits, not just to this area but Hertfordshire as a whole.”

CEO of BRE Dr Peter Bonfield said ‘A couple of years ago BRE, Rothamsted Research, Oaklands College, University of Hertfordshire and St Albans City Council created the Green Triangle partnership. Our mission:- to establish Hertfordshire as a globally renowned centre of excellence in green technology. With fantastic support from the Hertforshire Local Enterprise Parnership in creating this bid we are now on a trajectory to achieve our ambition – great news for Hertfordshire, great news for the UK’

LEP Board Member, Councillor Julian Daly, who is also Executive Leader and Portfolio Holder for Planning and Conservation for St Albans City and District Council, said: “We are long-term champions of the Green Triangle’s aim to make the most of the green technology ‘know how’ of BRE, Rothamsted and the University of Hertfordshire. An Enviro-Tech Enterprise Zone will help us advance the Green Triangle’s agenda.

For further information contact Linda McKeown, BRE, email mckeownl@bre.co.uk

NOTES TO EDITOR

BRE: We are a world leading building science centre and the authority on all aspects of the built environment. We generate new knowledge through research that is used to create products, tools and standards that drive positive change across the built environment. We enable our government and private sector clients to meet the environmental, social and economic challenges they face by delivering higher performing, better quality, safer, more secure and more sustainable products homes, buildings and communities. We are owned by the BRE Trust, a registered charity, which funds research and education that advances knowledge of the built environment.  We are committed to building a better world together. We are BRE. www.bre.co.uk

The Green Triangle: We are a partnership organisation based around three world leading research institute’s focused and committed on supporting the growth and acceleration of green industries. Through the collaboration of BRE, Rothamsted Research, The University of Hertfordshire and with the support of St Albans City and District Council and Oaklands College, The Green Triangle aims to establish Hertfordshire as a globally renowned centre of excellence in green technology. Explore our website to find out more about who we are and what we do and how you can become involved, as well as how your business or organisation can benefit from The Green Triangle. Take a look at the leading research and impressive projects that are underway and find out what we are planning for a sustainable future.www.thegreentriangle.org/.