Fisheries authority nets new riverside premises in Blyth

Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority has secured new premises at Blyth Riverside Park

Al Browne with Michael Hardy
Al Browne with Michael Hardy

Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority has secured new premises at Blyth Riverside Park.

The authority was advised by Gavin Black & Partners. Partner Chris Pearson said it was a challenging requirement to satisfy “given that NIFCA were seeking offices of circa 2,500 sq ft with a warehouse of approximately 1,500 sq ft for boat storage”.

“As a result we undertook a wide ranging search from North Shields to Blyth and beyond and a variety of properties were considered,” explains Pearson. “The best option was the 5,328 sq ft sq ft industrial building on Ennerdale Road, Blyth Riverside Park, which was previously occupied by Flexible Engineered Solutions. It was ideal because it combined attractive, fitted offices and a modern warehouse with craneage.”

NICFA have taken a 10-year lease.

Chief executive Michael Hardy said: “We are delighted with our new premises. After the change of status from Northumberland Sea Fisheries Committee to Northumberland IFCA in 2011, our remit has widened considerably and we have had to take on new staff and officers to deal with this.”

Chris Donabie of DTZ acted for Flexible Engineered Solutions who have relocated to larger premises in Ashington which meets their current requirements given that their business has grown significantly over recent years.

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