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Logistics hub in Doncaster to create 1,700 jobs

By: David Howells
24 February 2011

Gazeley, a provider of logistics work space has purchased a 100 acre site at West Moor Park in Doncaster.

The site was bought from Blue Anchor Leisure for an undisclosed price. Earlier phases of the site have found tenants in Next, Ikea and Scott's Miracle-Gro. This newest development is expected to create at least 1,700 jobs in the area.

Gazeley's development manager, Nigel Dolan told Insider Media, "This highly sought-after site is an excellent addition to our growing portfolio and will further enhance our presence in a key logistics region in the UK.''

''South Yorkshire is home to some of the UK's leading distribution facilities and we can deliver bespoke, high quality logistics accommodation on a design a build basis for occupiers who want to capitalise on the site's key location... The potential for job creation is immense and we look forward to opening negotiations with occupiers."

Outline planning permission for 1.5 million square foot of industrial and distribution space was granted by Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council in December 2009. The scheme is still unfinished but is expected to be worth £100 million upon completion.

CB Richard Ellis has been recruited to market the site. Its senior director Roger Hayworth told The Business Desk, "West Moor Park has a proven track record as a well located logistics hub which is evidenced by its high profile occupiers and the recent expansion of Next within the earlier phase of the park.''

"With the recent flurry of major industrial deals reducing take up of 400,000 square feet of stock in the region, now is an excellent time for Gazeley to make this acquisition."

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