Quorum Business Park opens new 60,000sqft office building Lightbox

The business park's new building is aimed at SMEs in the region who are looking for high-spec flexible office premises.

L-R Debbie Bannister of Connect, Quorum Development Director Fergus Trim and Damian Stevenson, Connect
L-R Debbie Bannister of Connect, Quorum Development Director Fergus Trim and Damian Stevenson, Connect

A leading business park has launched a new office building aimed at attracting North East SMEs wanting flexible, top quality premises.

Quorum Business Park has opened the doors at Lightbox, a 60,000sqft office building after announcing its first major letting at the new scheme.

The first tenant to take up space is national physiotherapy business Connect, which has taken the entire second floor – a 17,061sqft space to allow for further expansion of its services and team.

Currently housing 130 staff, the new premises on Quorum will be Connect Physiotherapy’s new headquarters, following its relocation from Cramlington, Northumberland.

Connect Physiotherapy’s Damian Stevenson said: “Moving into The Lightbox is an exciting milestone for Connect and we are pleased to be the building’s first new tenants. We have been looking for new premises for some time and when we came across the space at Quorum it ticked all the boxes thanks to its excellent facilities and location.”

The Lightbox marks a considerable investment for Quorum.

Set across four floors, the building is a high spec operation offering rental space 5,000sqft upwards, to full floors of 17,000sqft.

Quorum Business Park in its entirety is now one of the largest and fastest-growing accommodation schemes of its kind in the North East with more than 500,000sqft of office space and upwards of 5,000 jobs coming to the park over the last five years, giving a major boost to local jobs growth.

The park is already home to a host of first class companies and organisations including Balfour Beatty, Tesco Bank, Cofely, Fabricom, Aesica Pharmaceuticals and British Engines, and has been particularly successful at attracting headquarters functions.

Quorum director Fergus Trim said: “We’re really excited to be launching the Lightbox, and to do so on the back of a major letting to Connect is a great vote of confidence.

“The Lightbox will appeal to the North East SME audience. We have recognised a market need for greater flexibility with office space amongst the region’s businesses for some time now, so it was the next natural step for the park.

“We’re thrilled to be welcoming Connect to Quorum and hope they will enjoy becoming part of life at Quorum.”

North Tyneside major Norma Redfearn said: “I’m delighted to welcome Connect Physiotherapy to the borough. This is yet another example of the diverse range of businesses North Tyneside is able to attract due to our excellent workforce and first-class office accommodation such as Quorum Business Park.

“We are pleased to have been able to support the company with its move to the area and would like to wish Connect every success with their future growth plans.”

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