Pendle Enterprise and Regeneration Ltd (PEARL) | Work set to begin on creating leisure and learning facilities at Northlight
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Work set to begin on creating leisure and learning facilities at Northlight

Work set to begin on creating leisure and learning facilities at Northlight

“This week marks a huge step forward for Northlight as we start major work on site!”

That’s the message from Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, Chairman of PEARL and Leader of Pendle Council.

Councillor Iqbal, who leads on economic development for Pendle said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that all of the pieces of the jigsaw are coming together and we can now start to transform our vast heritage mill.”

The ambitious £32m project to transform Brierfield Mill into Northlight will create a new living, working, learning, leisure and cultural destination for Lancashire.

Main contractors Barnfield Construction are set to begin work today (Monday 3 October) on the first phase of Burnley FC in the Community’s leisure facility and offices and learning facilities for Lancashire Adult Learning’s new base in Brierfield.

The first phase of work for Burnley FC in the Community includes refurbishing a huge warehouse.

Once all work has been completed, the leisure facilities will include indoor and outdoor pitches, a climbing wall, cricket nets, dance and fitness areas and a play area.

Councillor Iqbal added: “For more than six generations Brierfield Mill, with its unique position looking out to Pendle Hill, has played a significant role in our community.

“This historic complex, which stretches over seven acres, will have new life breathed into it.

“Northlight will significantly contribute to the regeneration of Pendle as well as creating an exciting major new destination for the North West.

“We expect the offices and training facilities for Lancashire Adult Learning and the first phase of the leisure facilities for Burnley FC in the Community to be completed by autumn 2017.

“We will also be starting to create easy access to Northlight from the M65 and work will be getting underway to create new car parking, footways, landscaping and the canal marina.”

The Northlight project is led by PEARL, a joint venture development company established between Pendle Council and Barnfield Investment Properties Ltd.

Tim Webber, Managing Director of Barnfield and a PEARL board member said: “As Pendle based developers and contractors we’re extremely passionate about Northlight.

“We’ve been working hard behind the scenes for many months on developing a scheme that will bring huge benefits to not only the local residents offering brand new leisure facilities, but also in an economic nature for local businesses.