£1.2m investment leads to enterprise-park expansion

Lionheart Enterprise Park, Alnwick.
Lionheart Enterprise Park, Alnwick.

A recent £1.2million investment in new infrastructure is paving the way for business development at Alnwick’s Lionheart Enterprise Park.

Northumberland Estates has ploughed in the cash, extending the site to 56 acres with capacity for a further 200,000 sq ft of new commercial development.

According to the developer, plenty of interest is being shown in the estate, which sits adjacent to the A1 and is ‘proving to be an attractive location’, which can accommodate a range of commercial requirements with bespoke new-build units from 10,000 sq ft upwards.

And one existing firm to benefit from the enterprise park expansion has been JT Dove. The builder’s merchant currently occupies more than 9,000 sq ft of industrial space at the estate.

The firm has agreed with Northumberland Estates to extend its lease commitments to 2030 and has also signed an additional lease on a further 5,500 sq ft of space.

The company currently employs eight staff at Alnwick, but expects this number to grow to 12 as a result of the expansion.

Steve Robinson, managing director of JT Dove, said: “Northumberland Estates has been very accommodating in helping our business expand. We are now able to commit to the longer lease as the site caters for growth over the coming years.

“The enlarged yard area will enable us to add several further product ranges to cater for our core customers requirements.

“The branch services local tradesmen, farmers and businesses in and around the Alnwick area and forms an important part of our North East branch network.”

Earlier this year, a new salt depot was completed at Lionheart for Highways England, which has signed a 15-year lease with Northumberland Estates.

Michael O’Driscoll, senior asset manager at the Estates, said: “The latest letting activity perfectly demonstrates the current levels of confidence in the location.

“We are finding that established regional and national organisations identify Alnwick as a strategic location.

“We are currently in advanced discussions with a self-storage company about a new facility at Lionheart and hopefully an announcement will be made in the coming months.”