“Growth funding has been instrumental in bringing many strategically important projects to fruition. We have funded key infrastructure projects including bypass and link roads, junction improvements, interconnected transport, housing, and enabling site access, along with digital, water, utility, and green infrastructure.
"Infrastructure connects other transformational and game-changing projects and programmes developed to support employment and skills, including a new medical school, sector-specific facilities, research and incubation spaces, and higher education skills capital improvements.
"We have also invested in world-class academia, business support and development, innovation, robotics and supply chains with a focus on key sectors such as agri-food, and paved the way for Greater Lincolnshire to become synonymous with excellence, innovation and national food security.”
PAT DOODY , Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP
Growth Deals have proved beneficial to LEP funding provisions for large-scale strategic projects in our area, creating jobs and economic growth in the process. The last few schemes are now nearing completion, and the programme has showcased the best of private and public sector collaborations delivering transformational, positive change across Greater Lincolnshire.
We are extremely proud of the rapid development of two Food Enterprise Zones: Europarc III, a fully serviced, high-quality business park focusing on supporting the growth of the existing seafood and value-added food processing cluster on the Humber, and at Holbeach, laying important road and utility infrastructure for the South Lincolnshire Food Enterprise Zone. The site also hosts the Agri-food Centre of Excellence with the University of Lincoln as a key partner, an important infrastructure in its own right, including microbiology and chemistry laboratories and high-tech test kitchens and sensory suites. It will form a key innovation hub promoting the rapid uptake of advanced technologies such as robotics and automation, ensuring the UK’s agri-food industry remains globally competitive.
We also continue to support development of a third Food Enterprise Zone at Hemswell Cliff in central Lincolnshire. Together these are strengthening our position as a key player in the agri-tech sector, and positioning Lincolnshire as a national leader within this field.
Other recent infrastructure schemes include: the South Humber Industrial Investment Programme Humber Link Road, a project of vital road construction works enabling access to employment and strategic connectivity; the Gainsborough Growth Project, a major regeneration investment in Gainsborough which includes transport modelling, town centre living and strategic site acquisition to enable a new cinema development; and the transformational Grantham Southern Relief Road, which will bring significant housing and employment opportunities and cement Grantham’s position as a key sub-regional destination.
As part of the Government's response to the pandemic, we also successfully secured three Getting Building Fund infrastructure related projects over the line. These are considered economic accelerators for a variety of reasons and are: the Immingham-Grimsby Cycle Super Highway Project; Killingholme Marshes Drainage Scheme; and the South Lincolnshire FEZ additional infrastructure and hub building.
And our newest game-changing scheme is the Lincoln Medical School, just weeks away from completion and fully operational from the autumn. While not considered a traditional infrastructure project, this high-quality integrated clinical facility brings an interconnected medical and health network to the heart of Lincolnshire which will drive skills development across the fields of medicine and allied health subjects, combining teaching facilities with innovation within a zero carbon building. Have a look here.
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