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Construction industry given boost

An 8.7m centre intended to help boost the Northamptonshire construction industry has been given the go-ahead.

The iHub, to be built in Daventry, will include business units, a conference room for up to 300 people, meeting rooms, and exhibition space.

The iHub is part of a regeneration scheme for Daventry town centre.

A spokesman for Daventry District Council said: "The new iHub will be an iconic building that will encourage and support high quality jobs."

'Sustainable town'

Leader of Daventry District Council Chris Millar said: "This is fantastic news for Daventry District.

"The new iHub will... firmly place us on the map as a national centre for business excellence and sustainability.

"It fits perfectly with the council's ongoing work to redevelop the heart of Daventry and create a thriving, sustainable town centre for today's residents and future generations."

Funding was awarded for the project from the East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA), the European Regional Development Fund and West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (WNDC).

The new building will be used as an example of energy-efficiency, and will be built on land donated by Daventry District Council and Northamptonshire County Council off Eastern Way.

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