In Hitchin, Local Growth Funding is supporting the expansion of a recently opened training facility for young people and those in receipt of an Educational Health Care Plan. At the North Herts College Hitchin campus, £3.7m from the Local Growth Fund is being invested to upgrade the sports science and teaching facilities to support labour market needs in Hertfordshire. The project also includes, and is facilitated by, a residential development of approximately 137 dwellings.
In St Albans, £5m from the Local Growth Fund is supporting the redevelopment of the Oaklands College Smallford campus by creating fit for purpose buildings to house modern teaching facilities. This is part of a wider package of support for the four further education colleges across Hertfordshire to ensure they are fully equipped to meet local labour market needs.
Local Growth Funding has helped fit out a new training facility for Oaklands College in Borehamwood to enable the delivery of level 1 and 2 curriculum in areas such as construction and care. Oaklands have partnered with Taylor Wimpey to deliver 13 residential units above the training facility.
Since moving to Letchworth Garden City in 2019, the LEP has been working closely with Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation to develop a strategy for its economic future in partnership with local businesses. SMEs across the county can access a growing package of specialist business support provision co-ordinated by Hertfordshire LEP.
The long awaited A120 Little Hadham Bypass and flood alleviation scheme received £8.26m from the Local Growth Fund, as part of a wider funding package, to alleviate congestion along the route and provide more reliable journey times. As part of the scheme, new road embankments along the River Ash and Albury Tributary will act as flood defences to reduce risk to the village and other nearby communities.
In Stevenage over £11m from the Local Growth Fund has supported the exciting and emerging convergence of cell and gene expertise.
This includes £1.2m to provide much-needed temporary accommodation for growing cell and gene therapy companies and £2.9m towards a new mezzanine with three new labs and a quality control platform in Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult’s manufacturing centre.
In South Oxhey, £2.25m Local Growth Fund investment is helping transform unused land into a modern mixed-use hub to benefit local residents and businesses. The overall £150m regeneration scheme will include more than 500 homes in a mix of private sale, shared ownership and affordable housing, as well as 55,000 sq. ft. of retail space and enhanced public spaces.
In Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire Innovation Quarter is leading new, high-quality commercial development over the next 10 years and creating around 3 million sq.ft of new commercial space. The new commercial zone will offer businesses a flexible mix of work spaces from offices, co-working space, research and development labs to light industrial and warehousing. Along with tax breaks and opportunities to collaborate with industry leaders, businesses will also benefit from guidance on how access funding through Hertfordshire Growth Hub.
In Watford, the major gateway to the town centre is being transformed thanks in part to £4.8m Local Growth Fund investment secured by the LEP. Work includes road safety improvements for pedestrians and cyclists; resurfacing of the carriageway and footways; upgrading of traffic lights, lamp columns and street furniture; tree planting and enhancing the overall look and feel of the junction.
In Hatfield, £6m Local Growth Fund investment from the LEP has supported the redevelopment of the train station and White Lion Square, which now has a vibrant new look and upgraded public amenities to help boost footfall into the town centre.
At the University of Hertfordshire's De Havilland campus, £2.5m LEP investment is supporting the construction of a Business Incubation Hub to support start-ups and graduate entrepreneurs.
Work has completed on the much anticipated new town square in Waltham Cross, part-funded by Hertfordshire LEP. The project marks the start of a long-term strategy to deliver social, environmental and economic regeneration for Waltham Cross. The total cost of the project was £1.36m, with Hertfordshire LEP contributing £678k from the Local Growth Fund.