Summit Park in Sutton in Ashfield is set to see a 1,750,000 square foot distribution centre built on the site as part of a major development.
This week, joint venture development partners Peveril Securities and Sladen Estates signed contracts for the development of the building with the occupier. The development, funded by a major institutional investor is possibly the largest ever single investment in the Ashfield area and in the region as a whole.
The site, located off the Mansfield and Ashfield Regeneration Route (MARR) has stood empty for almost ten years waiting for a requirement of this size to come along. The site was originally infrastructured to attract a business of this size, and through the hard work of all involved, the secured occupier will bring real benefits to the district.
Speculation still surrounds who the occupier is. An announcement will be made by them when recruitment begins, but until then we will all be kept guessing.
The new development will bring 1,800 good quality new jobs in a variety of roles. Plans also include a bus route and onsite bus station that will ensure jobs are accessible to all.
The building is being constructed by Bowmer + Kirkland and the estimated completion date for the building is September 2020.
Cllr Jason Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield District Council said “We are so excited to be able to announce these plans. This is the biggest single private sector investment in the district for quite some time, maybe ever. It is great to see that a large organisation wants to bring part of its distribution network to the district and that a major UK institution is prepared to fund such a development in our area.
“This is a real game changer for the district. 1,800 new jobs will have a real, significant impact on employment opportunities for residents.
“We will work with the developer and end user as soon as we know who it is, to maximise employment opportunities for local people. We will work with the DWP and local training providers to make sure that Ashfield residents are first in line.
“This investment would provide a significant boost to the local economy.”
This is just one of a number of exciting investments taking place a cross the district. Our town centres are seeing investment and regeneration from both national and local businesses.
Wetherspoons in Sutton recently announced plans for a major investment in the Picture House. The pub located on Fox Street, Sutton is set to be extended and redeveloped following the purchase of land adjacent to the pub. The development will see the Picture House extended, expanding its capacity and completely refitted. There will also be a new outdoor area for customers to enjoy.
Wetherspoon chief executive John Hutson said: “The Picture House is an extremely popular pub and we are always keen to give our customers the best possible experience.
“The redevelopment work will allow us to do that.
“The investment shows our commitment to the town and hopefully it will act as a catalyst for other businesses to invest in Sutton.”
Having invested millions in Idlewells indoor market, the market is now at 85% capacity and has just seen another two retailers open, increasing the markets offer even more. The recent opening of Angling Direct also demonstrates the potential national retailers see in Sutton.
The Council has set out further plans in the Sutton Town Centre Masterplan, with aims to make Sutton a thriving town centre once again.
Hucknall will welcome a new four screen cinema by the end of the year. The Melcorpo Group, owners of ARC cinemas are currently developing the Byron Cinema. As only their second cinema in the England, the development will bring the newest releases as well as opportunities for the local community to specialist screenings.
Cllr John Wilmott, Councillor for Hucknall North said “This development is hugely exciting news for Hucknall. It will not only give local residents access to all the latest blockbusters on their doorstep, but it will have a significant impact on improving the night time offer within the town. It’s great to see that companies like Melcorpo see the potential we know Hucknall has.
The Councils £14million investment in a new leisure destination for Kirkby will see the current Festival Hall Leisure Centre replaced with a state of the art leisure destination. Featuring a 25m lane pool and a leisure pool, alongside an indoor adventure climbing wall and cinema screen in the multi-purpose sports hall due to open at the end of 2021.
Cllr Tom Hollis, Cabinet Member for Health & Leisure said: “Kirkby is finally getting the new leisure destination it deserves. Residents have waited decades for this, these are exciting times for Kirkby.”
Two local businesses have also recently announced their expansion plans.
Local business Really Good Group Ltd. who own local business RGMM as well as the sportswear brand QSW are investing in new state of the art premises. Currently located in Devonshire House, Sutton, Group CEO John Brame is currently redeveloping the former DWP building on High Pavement. Their extensive plans will see the sportswear design and manufacturing business move into the ground floor of the building. There are also plans for a showroom featuring bicycles, wetsuits and high performance sportswear.
John said “We have been running our business in Ashfield for a number of years, and we are proud to be expanding and investing in the area. The majority of our employees live in the district and we want the premises on High Pavement to be welcoming to the local community. The showroom will be open for customers to view our products and meet other likeminded local people. The business hub will be a community of local business owners who can come together and share ideas and creativity.”
Romo in Kirkby also know the benefits of investing within the district. The fabric & wallpaper design and manufacturers are a market leader across the world. Having outgrown their current premises on Lownmoor Road they are currently building new state of the art premises just down the road on Oddicroft Industrial Estate.
The 358,565 sq/ft fully automated warehouse will include the company’s offices, process and storage. Up to 200 people are working on the site constructing the building which ROMO will move into later this year.
Having been derelict for ten years the former Annesley Miner welfare building is set to be demolished to make way for housing. The plans are set to include 44 houses, one flat and a sports pitch, all set within a well designed scheme with sustainable urban drainage.
Cllr Rachael Maddon, District Councillor for Annesely & Kirkby Woodhouse says “After more than ten years it will be great to see the site redeveloped. It is a gateway into the district and is currently an eye sore that doesn’t give a great impression to those entering the district.
“The development will not only provide much needed housing for the area but will vastly improve the look of the area.”
Summing up the incredible regeneration and investments currently taking place across the district Cllr Jason Zadrozny said “When you look at all the investment and regeneration taking place in Ashfield, it really brings home the fact that Ashfield is a fantastic place for businesses and residents.
“These are exciting times for the district, the confidence already shown by national and local businesses to invest in Ashfield will bring a wealth of benefits to all of us. The Council is committed to making Ashfield the best place to live and do business, and all these examples show that the hard work is paying off. I am excited for the future of Ashfield.”