Lancaster tells world we’re a ‘dynamic investment destination’

Photo: David Hurst
Lancaster Castle.
Photo: David Hurst Lancaster Castle.

The city of Lancaster is being showcased as a “dynamic investment destination” at a major property event in London.

Delegates from Lancaster City Council, Lancaster University, the Eric Wright Group and Heysham Port have joined the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) at this year’s MIPIM UK property expo under the brand ‘We Are Lancashire, The Place for Growth’.

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CITY CENTRE VIEWS 3 Looking up Market Street from above Horseshoe Corner. 2401065-3

The event is attended by investors from across the globe.

One of the key developments to be highlighted will be Lancaster University’s Health Innovation Campus.

The £41m development, which has been supported by the LEP’s Growth Deal Fund, is set to be based at the uni’s Bailrigg campus and will spearhead advances in technologies and products to improve health and healthcare.

Lancaster City Council will also be highlighting a number of its growing industrial sectors including energy and digital health.

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General view of Bay Gateway sign.
Celebrations at the opening of the Bay Gateway, the new M6 link road, Heysham, developed by Costain. Local delegates were invited onto the road before it opened to traffic.

LANCASTER and MORECAMBE 31-10-16 General view of Bay Gateway sign. Celebrations at the opening of the Bay Gateway, the new M6 link road, Heysham, developed by Costain. Local delegates were invited onto the road before it opened to traffic.

It will promote new schemes such as the Canal Corridor North development, the emerging Bay Gateway development potential and the new 3,500 home Garden Village proposal to the south of the city.

The city’s connectivity, education provision, its unique urban, rural and coastal setting, and outstanding cultural and lifestyle offer, will also be promoted.

Mark Swindlehurst, director of facilities at Lancaster University, said: “One of my key roles at the University is to connect what we’re doing on campus with private and public sector partners to help boost both the Lancaster and Lancashire economies, so being part of the ‘We Are Lancashire’ delegation is a great example of this collaborative approach in action.”

Mr Swindlehurst added: “The HIC is clearly an exciting scheme which will put the city and the county on the global map with regards health innovation, and it’s one of several projects we have in development which will drive regeneration and create jobs.

“It’s also good to be sharing a platform with colleagues from Lancaster City Council at the Business Showcase event as the city is currently enjoying heightened interest in commercial and cultural investment which will directly benefit the University, the city, and the whole of Lancashire.”

The event took place at The Olympia in London on October 18 and 19.