Stowmarket’s major new mixed-use development adjacent to Junction 50 of the A14 has won a bronze award in the Asset Management & Regeneration category of the iESE Public Sector Transformation Awards held at a gala dinner in London on the 8th March, 2023.
The annual iESE Public Sector Transformation Awards are an opportunity to celebrate and share the most innovative practice in transforming local public services. This rewards public sector organisations for their efforts in improving and transforming local public services.
Paul Barrington-King iESI Vice Chairman and Kent County Councillor in presenting this award category said: “Local communities rely on a wide range of assets whether publicly owned or not. This award is for innovative use of assets to deliver proven benefits to local public services and their communities.”
This year the iESE received 260 award nominations from 76 different public sector organisations from the UK and overseas for its various categories.
Gateway 14 Ltd (wholly owned by Mid Suffolk District Council) and development partner, Jaynic, is providing a new base for manufacturing, logistics and R&D businesses with a particular focus on innovation and sustainability at Gateway 14 as well as providing innovation space for smaller and start-up businesses that will boost the local economy and attract investment into the region.
In January, construction of a state-of-the-art distribution unit for garden and leisure products retailer The Range started on site at Gateway 14.
In addition, Gateway 14 benefits from being part of Freeport East, one of only eight Freeports in the UK.
The Freeport status will provide many businesses on Gateway 14 with a range of benefits including a suite of tax reliefs and simplified customs arrangements, together with partnering to deliver innovation and skills support for the wider community.
Gateway 14 will provide high specification buildings with sustainability a central feature including EV charging, LED lighting, solar PV, smart energy systems and rainwater harvesting. The development is committed to meeting BREEAM rating of Very Good standard and strive for Excellent wherever possible as well as delivering low carbon and net zero solutions where possible. The distribution facility for The Range will be designed to achieve BREEAM excellent.
Accessibility through and around the development is a key feature with significant walking and cycling routes being integrated along with access to public transport links and local amenities.
Biodiversity on the site is also a priority, with high-quality landscaping, green corridors and nesting boxes all being introduced across the site to support not only the wildlife and ecology but also to create a vibrant, attractive, and healthy working environment for employees.