The Betteshanger Preventative Health Enterprise Incubation Hub will be the first new development at Betteshanger Business.
The Incubation Hub
The Incubation Hub will create jobs, support start-up businesses and bring much needed economic activity to the area. It is the first phase of the wider masterplan which will create a cluster of commercial and educational facilities on the brownfield business park site.
Through a range of mixed-used, shared office spaces the 1,800m2 facility will support c.750 people per year and create an estimated 700 jobs by the end of 2020.
The Hub will support the development of a range of small and medium-sized businesses from conventional health care to alternative forms of care (e.g. natural medicine), active sports, healthy eating and food production and health innovation research and development. It will place particular emphasis on commercial enterprises designed to combat obesity and Alzheimer’s.
A funding application has been submitted to the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), which are EU funds administered through the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
Following a successful Round 1 funding application submitted in September 2016, a Round 2 funding application was submitted in April 2017. A final funding decision should be given in July 2017. The total project value is £4.2m capital (£1.85 ESIF and £2.35m Hadlow Group) and a further £0.3m revenue.
A 3 storey building was deemed to be the most effective construction form, maximising the value of the foundation and groundworks, whilst being in keeping with the surrounding architecture of the existing Almond House building.
Low environmental impact is a key feature of the design, using passive principles, maximising daylight usage, use of natural ventilation, minimising energy consumption, minimising water usage and utilising sustainable sources and materials. It will achieve at least BREEAM Excellent.
A Green Travel Plan incentivises the use of public transport and cycling plus new bus routes are being planned.
The new facility is scheduled to open in January 2019.