The expansion of a North East business park is under way after its owners began additional investment of £4m into the site.
The Future Business Park in Shildon, County Durham, has already received £5m from owners The CreateCity Group.
The new investment, which follows planning consent from Durham County Council, will take the site to around 500,000sqft of warehousing, logistics, office and retail space.
Ground has been broken on the first phase of the latest work, which involves 40,000sqft of space which will hold four multi-purpose industrial units.
Randall Orchard Construction, based in North Yorkshire, has been appointed to lead the project and the first four units are scheduled for completion in the autumn.
The CreateCity Group, which includes Frank’s the Flooring Store, last year invested in major landscaping of the site to create an increasingly attractive place of work for those employed there.
CreateCity worked with two local companies Cre8ive Graphics and Wilkinsons Landscapes on the signage and refurbishment of the site.
David Stubbs of The CreateCity Group said: “This is the start of an exciting new phase in the life of the Future Business Park.
“The CreateCity Group is committed to investment in Shildon, with £5m of enhancements completed and in excess of £4m more to come, including these four new units.
“This is an important site for Shildon, and we are grateful for the support not only of Durham County Council and Business Durham, but also local politicians here in Shildon and partners including the North East Chamber of Commerce.”
Graeme Newton, managing director of Randall Orchard Construction, said: “We are very happy to be involved in the development of this important site for Shildon, as the CreateCity Group invests in the area’s future.”
Students from Sunnydale Community College for Maths and Computing, in Shildon, were given the task of finding the new name and logo for the former George Reynolds Industrial Estate.
Twelve-year-olds Brydon Kenney and Ryan Ord came up with the winning name and designs for the Future Business Park.