North Northamptonshire Council was delighted to be awarded £19.9m through the Town Fund in June 2021. This winning bid was set out in Corby’s Town Investment Plan and detailed four projects to encourage economic growth in the local area:
- Sixth Form College at Chisholm House – Chisholm House, will be re-purposed and renovated to be a carbon neutral building using the latest innovative technologies to bring this ground-breaking and modern building to the heart of the town centre. It will attract 16- to 18-year-old, young adults from the surrounding Northamptonshire area.
- Multi-use Building – located immediately adjacent to Chisholm House, the project is for a multi-purpose facility to provide permanent new accommodation for a modern Arts and Community Centre, as well as meet the identified demand for creative, media and the third sector uses. The site is an important gateway to the east of the town centre and will balance the significant investment to the west (including Corby Cube).
- Corby Station Links – will look to improve the public realm and provide an attractive and safe pedestrian/cycle connections between the town centre, Tresham College and the train station along the southern route of Oakley Road. It will connect the station directly with the Chisholm House and the Multi-use building projects and make a significant contribution to the active healthy travel agenda and help to reduce congestion and emissions across Corby.
- Smart and Connected Corby – This project seeks to establish Corby as a smart and green town centre through harnessing connected and clean technologies. Using the latest connected and smart technology will enable us to monitoring flows of pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, shoppers, and visitors to understand the present and predict the future.
These projects will help improve the town and help to unleash the economic potential in the area.
This news has been welcomed by the members of the Corby Town Deal Board, set up in connection to the Town Fund. The Board had its inaugural meeting in January 2020 and includes individuals from various businesses, community groups and public sector bodies to develop and agree Corby’s Town Investment plan and to develop a clear programme of interventions.
The Board will continue to oversee the projects through to their completion.