A development of new industrial units in Redcar has been given the go-ahead for 2021.
Commercial property developer Priority Space is behind the £3.5m development at Kirkleatham Business Park, in a joint venture with construction and fit-out specialists Simpson.
Planning permission has been gained from Redcar and Cleveland Council to build more than 30,000 square feet of speculative industrial workspace on a two-acre plot.
Construction of 17 units ranging in size from 1,248 to 2,260 square feet is due to start in March and complete in October with enquiries for sale or lease handled by Richard Scott of Cushman Wakefield and Jonathan Simpson of Connect Property North East.
The Kirkleatham business park is set into an industrial landscape which was the gritty backdrop for 1980s BBC drama the ‘Boys from the Black Stuff’. It is now home to large engineering companies such as Elring Klinger (GB) and Geocore Site investigations, plus Royal Mail, Serco and Redcar and Cleveland Police. It also neighbours Wilton International Complex (ICI), home to global chemical and process companies Sabic, Lotte and Huntsman.
Adam Richardson, director of Priority Space, said: “Our core mission as commercial developers is to stimulate and support regeneration by creating sustainable workspaces for small and medium sized businesses in targeted areas.
“Redcar is an important part of Tees Valley’s bid to transform itself in to a 21st century base for advanced manufacturing and engineering, energy and renewables, logistics and automotive industries. We hope these new units will enable diverse SMEs to get in on this action, take on space, grow their businesses and create jobs.”
Andy Gatenby, contracts director of Simpson, said “We are excited to be working in a joint venture with Priority Space, creating new workspace and supporting local economic growth.”
The new units will be located on the A1042 Kirkleatham Lane, connecting to the A174, A19 and A66. Just a couple of miles from Redcar town centre and the seafront, the site is within easy reach of Teesport docks and Middlesbrough.
These new-build units will be Priority Space’s first phase in a planned development of 24 acres at Kirkleatham business park.