Monday 24th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Big is beautiful in South Yorkshire

One of Yorkshire’s biggest new warehouses is taking shape south of Doncaster. The speculative build by Walker and Sons covers a massive 305,000 sq ft, with extensive yards and 26 loading bays.

Called Doncaster South at Harworth, just off Junction 34 of A1 (M), the building is scheduled to be completed in April and agent Knight Frank of Sheffield reports a queue of potential occupiers expressing early interest. Toby Vernon, for agent Knight Frank, Sheffield, said: “This is an excellent location in terms of road links and access to east coast ports. The area also has a good labour profile, which is becoming increasingly important to warehouse occupiers. It really is going to be an excellent building, to a very good specification. Not many of these come to the market and I expect it to attract increasing interest from national names.”

The warehouse is being offered at a competitive £3.95 per sq ft by joint agents Knight Frank and Fisher Hargreaves Proctor. The size of the building and the fact that it is being built speculatively illustrate the region’s pull as a centre for the distribution sector. A recent report by Knight Frank showed that nearly three quarters of all “big sheds” (100,000 sq ft or more) currently under construction in the UK are located in either the North West, Yorkshire or the East Midlands.

Factors that make the South Yorkshire area so attractive in terms of distribution and warehousing include the supply of appropriate labour, good motorway access and the availability of well priced land.