A developer has unveiled ambitious plans for a £30m industrial scheme in Gateshead which could create more than 1,600 jobs.
UK Land Estates (UKLE), the region’s premier industrial and warehouse developer, is leading the multi-million pound project on Kingsway, Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead,
A design agency has created CGIs of the project, which is capable of accommodating around 850 jobs from businesses operating within the finished development.
A further 780 jobs will be supported, directly and indirectly, throughout the construction phase.
John Seager, director at UKLE, said: “The industrial element of the scheme proposed as part of the 10-acre mixed-use development, will deliver the most advanced buildings of their type seen in the region, most appropriate as the site was once the home of a leading engineering company, Huwood.
“That was the past, today we have a clear vision of the future – this is industrial evolution.”
Included within the masterplan are three buildings – the flagship No 1 Team Valley with up to 80,000sqft including offices and Nos 2 and 3 Kingsway, each boasting 30,000sqft including high specification two-storey offices.
Designed by Teesside architects Lister Associates, UKLE said the masterplan fulfils the brief to radically rethink the industrial building.
Mr Seager said: “The site is very prominent at the northern end of Kingsway. Our ambition is to set new levels of industrial space for the region that is likely to appeal as a headquarters for a high- end manufacturer keen on location, image and attracting a skilled workforce.
“This will be space that will reflect the success of the occupier and be an attraction to a skilled workforce. What we are proposing is market leading, innovative and at the forefront of architectural design for industrial and warehouse space.”
Mark Proudlock, partner, industrial agency, Knight Frank, said: “The prominent location, excellent connectivity, and the quality of building design, will ensure this becomes one of the premier addresses in the region.”
Occupiers are now being sought for the development, with space available on a pre-let basis.
Potential tenants can plan their own space in the development, which has offices, warehouse and industrial space, 12m high eaves, the ability to install craneage, yard space and parking facilities.
The office content will be Grade A standard with architectural features including a glass atrium looking up to first floor level.
Keith Stewart, director at joint marketing agency Naylors, added: “The occupier could well come from the offshore, wind and gas, technology and IT sectors as well as manufacturing and engineering end-users seeking a style of operational building that reflects a significant corporate image with a style, elegance and finish that sets them apart.”