Trebor Developments, working in partnership with Burnley Council, has exchanged contracts as developer to deliver the first phase of industrial development at the prestigious Vision Park site in Burnley.
Trebor has appointed Barnfield Construction Limited as itsprincipal contractor to carry out the construction, with a start on the site next to UCLan/Burnley College in January 2017 for completion in summer 2017.
The development will provide flexible hi-spec workspace units from 1,500 sqft to rent and larger business accommodation from 5,000 sqft to rent or purchase. The build contract will include site preparation and infrastructure works to service the balance of phases 2 and 3 at Vision Park in order to provide further office, industrial or hybrid accommodation on a design to suit basis, with accommodation from 10,000 sqft up to 35,000 sqft.
The Vision Park development has been partly funded by a grant from the Lancashire LEP. Phase one will deliver high quality, yet flexible, accommodation that can meet a range of occupiers’ requirements.
Bob Tattrie, managing partner for Trebor, commented: “We are delighted to achieve the delivery stage of phase one which will establish Vision Park, Burnley, as the premium employment location in Burnley, with its location next to UCLan and in close proximity to the town centre. We have also selected a local contractor with an excellent reputation to deliver the construction, this maximising the opportunity for local employment. We are sure there will be strong occupier demand for the phase one accommodation and future phases at Vision Park”.
Burnley Council leader, Mark Townsend, said: “I’m delighted to hear that our development partner Trebor has appointed Barnfield Construction for the Vision Park and that a start on site will be made early in the 2017.
“Burnley is becoming a regionally significant centre for advanced manufacturing and we are creating modern business environments to attract growing business in this sector, which will benefit from being based amongst businesses at the forefront of advanced manufacturing and digital industries. Vision Park will provide a unique offer to advanced manufacturing and digital industries that can connect to the unrivalled manufacturing and robotic technologies in the adjacent education campus.
“Several blue chips companies have relocated to Burnley in the last couple of years. The town is being recognised as a go to place for business, with a ‘can do’ approach to supporting businesses. Hailed as a town with the best growth prospects in Lancashire by Experian, and a top 5 north west boom town set to thrive by the Estates Gazette, businesses are cottoning to Burnley’s potential and Vision Park will add to Burnley’s business infrastructure offer.”
Graham Cowley, Chair of the LEP’s Growth Deal Management Board, said: “The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal investment in Vision Park will help establish a key asset within Burnley’s advanced manufacturing and technology sector; a high-quality business park with leading edge facilities which will also complement skills and employment initiatives from neighbouring colleges. Supporting projects such as Vision Park is an essential part of the LEP’s wider programme to fuel economic growth across the county, creating thousands of new high value, high skilled jobs in the process.”
Andrew Brown, senior estimator at Barnfield,commented: “We look forward to delivering another exciting project within Burnley. The project complements the adjacent Burnley College building and provides the town with much needed high quality commercial/industrial premises from which Burnley can build on its economic success. The project develops brownfield land on a major arterial link to the town and is another example of Barnfield’s integral role in regenerating Pennine Lancashire.”
Trebor isrepresented by local agents, Trebor Dawson, and Manchester based agent GVA. Enquiries are now being received on a leasehold and freehold basis.