Region ‘can transform people’s lives’
In our series with views from our new Board members, we talked to Owen Michaelson, Chief Executive of the Harworth Group, the £400million land and property regeneration company which is one of South Yorkshire’s largest publicly listed companies.
The Harworth Group is responsible for a number of key developments in the region including the Advanced Manufacturing Park at Waverley in Rotherham; Gateway 36 in the Dearne Valley in Barnsley; and Torne Park, the former Rossington Colliery site in Doncaster.
Regeneration is a passion for Owen, who believes that the Sheffield City Region, working through the Local Enterprise Partnership, has an unrivalled opportunity to make a huge transformation in people’s lives, jobs, housing and communities.
“We have a wonderful City Region which offers us the chance to take the heritage of our mining and steel communities and move forward, making the best use of some of those large areas which those industries occupied, turning them into live communities, with housing, office and manufacturing space, schools, retail and leisure opportunities.
“I am immensely proud of the work that Harworth has done in taking brownfield regeneration into the forefront of development across this region – we are working for the children and grandchildren of tomorrow.
“Waverley, our flagship development in Rotherham, is just one amazing example of what can be done in partnership to regenerate an area. This is now home to the world leading Advanced Manufacturing Park, where companies like Boeing and Rolls-Royce work with Sheffield University. It is also home to Metalysis, which is now working with the European Space Agency.
“We’ve built homes nearby where some the staff of those institutions live, with cycle tracks and wildlife areas, and we are working with Sheffield Hallam University to see how we can build activity opportunities into the daily lives of residents so that this is a real, rounded community.
“I’m absolutely delighted to join the Board of the City Region’s Local Enterprise Partnership, and I hope I will bring an understanding of the impact of regeneration to the table. I know the SCR has achieved many far-sighted projects that have brought immense benefits to the region and I hope to help these continue.”