Work Begins At £105m Business Park With Potential for 2,550 Jobs

22 March 2017

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WORK has started on site at Sheburn2, a £105m Yorkshire business park, which has the capacity to create 2,550 jobs.

The project, which was kick-started with £2.95m from our Growing Places Fund, is strategically very important for the growth of industry in our area.

Our Infrastructure Board Chair David Dickson visited the launch of the site with our Infrastructure Investment Manager Adrian Green,  Director Jeremy Nolan from Glentrool Estates Group (pictured) and many others involved in the project, to recognise this important milestone.

Mr Dickson said: “We are delighted to see work starting to take place on this strategically important project and excited about how it will develop. With its location on our A1(M) and A19 growth corridor the site offers businesses quick access to essential routes to the north which we are hoping will be very attractive for our growing manufacturing, warehousing and logistics sector in particular.”

Yorkshire Property development company Glentrool Estates Group is leading the work at the 75-acre site at Junction 42 of the A1(M) Sherburn-in-Elmet, Leeds.

The initial work will involve building a bridge at the entrance of the site and ensuring the infrastructure is in place so construction of the logistics and warehousing units can begin the moment a deal is signed.

Jeremy Nolan commented: “We are tremendously excited that we have now started work on site. The success of Sherburn as a destination for high-quality occupiers has underlined the strength of the location, both in terms of the labour force and transport links. Now Sherburn2 will add to that success.

“Our development, which is already attracting strong interest from potential occupiers, will lead to significant inward investment – both during the construction phase over the course of the next few years and for many years to come.

“A funding package for the finance of the construction has been secured which will facilitate the rapid delivery of bespoke buildings on a design and build basis.

Mr Nolan added: “I would like to thank both Selby District Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership for their tremendous support for Sherburn2. Their backing has enabled this project to get off the ground and we are determined to make them proud of what we achieve here.”

Nigel Adams, MP for Selby, said: “It was a pleasure to visit Sherburn2 site and see the beginnings of what will undoubtedly be a fantastic asset to the local economy, providing employment opportunities and contributing to economic growth in the district too.

“This development stands to reaffirm the Selby District is very much open for business and I’m pleased the project has already received significant interest from potential occupiers. I am also delighted the project has been made possible by the government’s Growing Places Fund and that it has had the full backing of the District Council throughout. I will look forward to seeing the site up and running in the coming months.”

The Leader of Selby District Council, Clr. Mark Crane, commented: “Sherburn2 is a fantastic opportunity for our district, and businesses locating there will be able to benefit from the things that make our area a great place to do business. Situated right in the heart of Yorkshire with easy links to the national road and rail network, with a skilled local workforce, we know this new business space will appeal to range of different business types.

“It is developments such as this which help to bring new growth and job opportunities for people in our district – that’s why Selby District Council has been working alongside Glentrool to help make this happen,” said Clr. Crane.

Mike Dove, a partner with leading Yorkshire property consultancy Dove Haigh Phillips, commented: “This is one of the most significant new development sites in the Yorkshire region, both in terms of the jobs it will create and the inward investment it will attract.

“It is superbly located with Yorkshire’s excellent motorway network only minutes away, and midway between the cities of Leeds and York, with Selby and Tadcaster close by. There are also excellent rail links.

“During the past four years, Glentrool have demonstrated remarkable vision and commercial confidence to plan one of the largest new employment and business parks to emerge in Yorkshire. They have created a comprehensive master plan for a thriving and high-quality business park to be developed,” he said.

Mr Dove added: “This is a great opportunity for occupiers to benefit from a labour pool with impeccable logistics connections. As a strategically important site for the region, Sherburn2 looks forward to welcoming a new generation of businesses to the bespoke, high-quality 21st century buildings.”