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Amazon mega shed development to happen in Leeds?

Amazon is thought to be the main beneficiary of a recent planning approval at developer PLP’s Gateway 45 scheme in Leeds. The internet giant is believed to be the reason behind a reserved matters application proposing a single 2 million sq ft distribution warehouse at the scheme that recently scored

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BDC 318 : Jul 2024

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Amazon mega shed development to happen in Leeds?

Amazon is thought to be the main beneficiary of a recent planning approval at developer PLP’s Gateway 45 scheme in Leeds. The internet giant is believed to be the reason behind a reserved matters application proposing a single 2 million sq ft distribution warehouse at the scheme that recently scored approval from Leeds Council. The application was for a 2,001,543 sq ft facility with a footplate of some 464,809 sq ft with three further mezzanines on the 43.66 acre site owned by PLP. In the planning statement submitted as part of the application said: “The proposed development represents a major economic investment and will enable a significant number of jobs to come forward in a key site in the Aire Valley Leeds Enterprise Zone. A key aim of this Zone is to drive growth and investment in Leeds and the wider City Region.” PLP acquired the plot from Aire Valley Land, a joint venture between Harworth Group and Evans Property Group, earlier this year. At the time of the sale the plot had planning for up to 855,000 sq ft of industrial and distribution space. This is the second planning application  for the site, previously PLP submitted plans for a scheme for four distribution units with sizes ranging from 59,000 sq ft to 400,000 sq ft to be developed on a speculative and pre-let basis. Joint letting agents are CBRE and Gent Visick. Gateway 45 is located next to Junction 45 of the M1 and extends to 166 acres, with outline planning consent for 2.64 million sq ft of commercial space. The PLP UKLV deal follows three previous separate disposals totalling 55.5 acres, generating a total consideration of £30.3m. Gent Visick advised on the sale of the plot. There has been no comment for the parties involved.

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Plans for massive logistics centre unveiled – The New Amazon Warehouse by the A66 takes shape

Plans for a massive logistics centre believed to be for online retailer Amazon have been unveiled by its developer. It is thought the online giant could create up to 3,500 jobs with the 1.6m sq ft logistics fulfilment centre next to the A66 in Darlington. The identity of the site’s operator has not been officially confirmed but national logistics developer db symmetry has secured a £120m letting at Symmetry Park and said the tenant is a ‘world-leading retailer’. Now db symmetry, in partnership with landowners Durham Cathedral, has unveiled how the development will look when finished, bringing a major economic asset to the Tees Valley. Construction for Symmetry Park is gaining momentum with the steelwork already completed for the first phase of the £100m logistics and distribution hub. ISG Construction is main contractor for the building. Symmetry Park, Darlington is a 90-acre site located on the A66, seven miles from Junction 57 of the A1 motorway and 20 miles from Tees Port. Since acquiring the site last November, db symmetry has secured planning consent for over 1.6m sq ft of B1, B2 and B8 uses and intends to gain outline consent for a further 500,000 sq ft on the remaining 37 acres. db symmetry recently hosted an event in Newcastle to officially launch the scheme to North East agents representing the potential occupier market with a strong marketing drive to showcase the key attributes of the site in terms of specification and location. With the potential to create around 3,500 new jobs and contribute £180m to the regional economy, the developer said Symmetry Park Darlington is a significant new asset for regional and national investment. Andrew Dickman, director at db symmetry said: “We are pleased to formally bring Symmetry Park Darlington to market as an exceptionally strong proposition to those seeking a base in the North East. Having already pre-let a significant proportion of the site to a high calibre operator, we are in a strong position with funding in place and full site infrastructure construction underway. “We can offer bespoke design and build options from 50,000 sq ft to 500,000 sq ft and potential for roadside amenities in the form of a hotel, a petrol filling station, drive through, restaurants and offices.” Colliers International is jointly advising db symmetry with Gent Visick and Carter Jonas. Durham Cathedral was represented by Carter Jonas. The project team includes Lichfields, GVA, Harris Partnership, JPG and Desco.

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