THE £3.2 million transformation of a former council waste depot and home of an historic lime kiln into a purpose -built, rural enterprise centre is underway.
Hellifield company Sutcliffe Construction has been awarded the contract at Langcliffe Quarry, near Settle, by Craven District Council to create more than 26,000 square feet of new business space, combining the refurbishment of the old traditional stone buildings together with new build to provide modern light industrial and office space.  

The scheme, which was given planning consent last year by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, will also support preservation of the historic Hoffman Kiln and the wider site through a long-term conservation management plan.

One of the buildings will become a business support hub with shared facilities including a training room, meeting rooms, and space for hot-desking, as well as business advice and support for all businesses within the North Craven area.

It is expected that the new development will support around 30 full-time equivalent jobs.

Paul Shevlin, chief executive of Craven District Council, said: “I’m pleased we have appointed a local company for the construction phase of this important project.

“We know there is great demand for more modern, flexible workspace for new and existing smaller businesses in Craven. Providing much-needed additional workspace and high quality jobs in the district is a crucial part of our plans to attract and retain more young people and families to Craven, and ensure that our communities continue to thrive.”

He added: “This is a tricky site to develop, but thanks to grant funding we have been able to devise a scheme which benefits the local economy but also protects the future of the Hoffman Kiln.”

James Sutcliffe, managing director of Sutcliffe Construction, said: “We’re delighted to have been awarded the contract for the re-development of the Langcliffe Quarry site, it’s our first major project working with Craven District Council and we’re looking forward to being part of bringing such an important initiative to the area.”

The company’s recent projects include a distribution warehouse extension for retail giant Next, which was commended by the Yorkshire Structural Engineering Awards; an innovative new indoor play centre for family leisure attraction Stockeld Park, and an artisan food hall and retail destination for Crimple Hall garden centre in Harrogate.

“Sutcliffe Construction has seen a positive period of recent new contract wins, an encouraging step forward despite the changes the Covid-19 pandemic has brought to the industry and the economy as a whole,” said Mr Sutcliffe.

The Langcliffe project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014 – 2020, and the Government’s Local Growth Fund, through the York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership. (LEP).

The LEP has approved Local Growth Funding of £1.6m to support the costs of the development. The ERDF provides match funding for the development as well as a revenue contribution towards the delivery of the business support hub. The ERDF funding is £1.7m

David Dickson, Chairman of the York and North Yorkshire LEP Infrastructure and Joint Assets Board, said: “This is an exciting project which will create new jobs, provide new workspaces and regenerate a brownfield site. Schemes like this help drive the region’s economy forward, which is vital as we look to emerge from the pandemic as a greener, fairer and stronger place.”