Airfield Business Park
A new £5.2m industrial park in Market Harborough, set to create more than 200 jobs, is now open for business.
Airfield Business Park – developed by Leicestershire County Council – will boost business and employment opportunities in the town and the local economy. A range of high-spec industrial units ranging from 1,570 to 33,360 sq ft (145 to 3,099 sq. m.) have been built by construction company, J Tomlinson.
A total of three blocks have been designed and built to create 12 individual industrial units. Work commenced on site in February 2019 and was completed later the same year in early December. The construction of external gates and fencing, service bays, car parking and communal landscaping was also required.
Deputy county council leader Byron Rhodes said: “It is great to see this venture complete and ready for new and existing businesses. Supporting businesses is important; it helps boost our local economy and creates jobs. Investing in property also enables us to generate extra income which we can then plough back into frontline services.”
A central part of the Airfield Business Park project was maximising its environmental credentials. The site also features 692 solar panels, which are part of the council’s ongoing commitment to become carbon neutral by 2030. Solutions also had to be found to the environmental problem of removing arisings from site.
Leicestershire County Council has managed to save in excess of 3,000 HGV movements across county roads by keeping the arisings on site and redistributing them over lower areas. This not only aligns with the county’s strategic direction of reducing its carbon footprint, but will save money by not paying to dispose of it and not having to buy as much material in for the proposed next phases of development.
Mr Rhodes added:
“We are striving to be a green council and tackling climate change is one of our top priorities. We take our commitments to reduce carbon very seriously and this development is just one of the initiatives we’re exploring.”
Darroch Baker, construction managing director at J Tomlinson, said:
“It has been a pleasure to be involved in the creation of this exciting new business park in partnership with Leicestershire County Council. It is great to see the high level of interest in these high-spec, energy efficient units, and we hope this becomes a thriving business hub in which the tenants enjoy their new premises.”
The first business has already signed up and moved into one of the units. Fasten-It Ltd, which supplies products for the UPVC roofline, door and window fitting industry moved into their new base at Airfield Business Park in December.
Philip Hill, managing director of Fasten-It Ltd, said:
“Fasten-It was in need of premises convenient for the road network, close to amenities and a good and pleasant working environment for our staff and visitors. Airfield Business Park delivered on all fronts, with the added benefit of contributing to our social responsibilities with its solar power generation.
“The units are light, airy, very well built and access has been well thought out. I congratulate all involved and look forward to being part of the project over the coming months.”