Plans to turn a business park in Bolton into an environmental centre of excellence are picking up pace, with local businesses being asked to take part in a survey to learn how they could benefit.
Greenworks, a project delivered by social housing provider Bolton at Home in partnership with local charity Urban Outreach, is the new name for the planned transformation of Trinity Retail Park on the edge of Bolton town centre.
Bolton at Home first acquired retail units and land at the retail park in December 2020 to turn the space into a community-focused green technology and skills hub. The aim is to help achieve a ‘sustainable net zero carbon future’ while supporting local people into green jobs in the construction and energy sector.
Training centre and business facilities
The plans include developing a training centre for people to learn the latest skills in green retrofit technologies, along with a range of office, meeting and networking spaces to support companies and start-ups that specialise in low carbon industries. Urban Outreach also plans to use the space for food growing to tackle food poverty in Bolton.
Greenworks will operate as a not-for-profit enterprise and any surplus generated from commercial rents will be reinvested back into community projects.
‘We want to move quickly’
“We need to make changes now if we’re to cut carbon emissions and hit the government’s target of net zero by 2050,” explained Noel Sharpe, deputy group chief executive at Bolton at Home.
“For the housing sector, this means retrofitting homes to make them more energy efficient and implementing new ways of working to reduce emissions and create sustainable energy. We want to move quickly, with a space where people can learn how to install and maintain these technologies, so that more tenants and residents across the region can benefit from environmentally friendly homes in the near future.
Businesses in Greater Manchester are now being encouraged to take part in a survey to help shape the project and understand the support businesses need to become more environmentally sustainable.
The project is also reaching out to green technology businesses across Greater Manchester with a survey to learn how they could benefit from the site’s future facilities.
For more information visit www.greenworksproject.org.
Posted under General Interest, Environmental Technologies and Renewable Energy, Training Courses and Networking Events and Construction on 26 August 2021