Markham Vale

Former colliery worker honoured in naming of new Chesterfield Development

A development of 13 business units at Markham Vale has been named as Wilson Business Park in honour of Johnny Wilson, who lost his life whilst working on site as a miner in the former colliery in 1987.

The development, currently being marketed by Commercial Property Partners (CPP) and Sheffield-based agents Colloco, was granted planning permission before Christmas, with units expected to be ready for occupation from the middle of July. The scheme is being developed by Priority Space in a Joint Venture partnership with Hunt Group.

Andy Carroll, colleague and friend of Johnny’s, came up with the idea after responding to a social media campaign. Andy said:-

“Johnny was a really special guy – as Coal Face Charge Hand of the mining site, he supervised around 25 other members of staff, and acted as a father-figure to new and younger recruits.

“I am delighted that Priority Space and Hunt Group have recognised the history of the site in the process of helping to regenerate the area.”

Wilson Business Park will provide modern warehouse space benefitting from a high-quality specification, designed to address a chronic shortage of supply in the market set against strong levels of demand.

The units, all ranging from 1,200 – 3050 sq. ft. are available to buy, presenting a unique opportunity in the market for businesses to own a building on Derbyshire’s flagship business park.

Stuart Waite, Partner at CPP, comments: “The naming of this scheme is a significant milestone, just one month away from Practical Completion."

Lee Buchanan, Development Manager at Priority Space, said:“When we received the approach from Andy Carroll we thought it to be a brilliant idea and we’re delighted to announce the name. We are just weeks away from Practical Completion of the scheme and we look forward to announcing details of the first occupiers into Wilson Business Park in due course.”

Wilson Business Park forms part of the wider Markham Vale regeneration area, which benefits from its own dedicated M1 motorway junction, Junction 29a – just 5 miles east of Chesterfield and approximately 20 miles from Sheffield, Nottingham and Derby. Markham Vale is a 200 acre employment led scheme being delivered by Henry Boot in partnership with Derbyshire County Council