£7.5m centre at Posh is ready to go

Bob Symns, Stephen Bowyer and Cllr John Holdich touring the new Motorpoint stand at the Posh ground EMN-150320-143249009
Bob Symns, Stephen Bowyer and Cllr John Holdich touring the new Motorpoint stand at the Posh ground EMN-150320-143249009
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A new multi-million development at the Posh ground in London Road is preparing to open its doors next month.

The £7.5 million Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) centre building, which is inside the new Motorpoint stand, is now complete.

Bob Symns, Stephen Bowyer and Cllr John Holdich touring the new Motorpoint stand at the Posh ground EMN-150320-143249009

Bob Symns, Stephen Bowyer and Cllr John Holdich touring the new Motorpoint stand at the Posh ground EMN-150320-143249009

An agreement with a new operator for the centre, which was built by Peterborough City Council, is believed to be very close and the first conference is already booked in for July.

The conference will be aimed at teachers and young people interested in space technology, science, engineering and technology.

The new Motorpoint stand, which was formally called the Moy’s End stand, opened for the first time last November. The joint cost of the new stand and centre is £9.5 million.

Posh chief executive Bob Symns, acting chief executive of Opportunity Peterborough Stephen Bowyer, and council cabinet member Cllr John Holdich, had a tour of the new facility last Friday.

Cllr John Holdich

The centre will support out ambitions to make Peterborough a city of business growth and innovation and the environment capital of the UK.

Cllr Holdich said: “We are incredibly proud of our new sustainable skils centre.

“The centre will support out ambitions to make Peterborough a city of business growth and innovation and the environment capital of the UK.”

The centre, which is expected to open in April, will host business start-ups and and research and development-focused conferences.

Opportunity Peterborough is also hoping to be involved in the centre in the future.

The council is expecting an excellent or very good ‘BREEAM’ rating for the centre which is an indication of how environmentally friendly it is.

There is an energy efficient air source heating system, the roof has solar panels and rainwater will be re-used to irrigate the Posh pitch.

The centre has also been entered into two categories for the Celebrating Construction Awards (East) in June.

Cllr Holdich added: “The building is already turning heads and will hopefully be recognised for the ground-breaking facility it will prove to be.”