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Moorfield Group, owner of Greater Manchester’s Heywood Distribution Park, has signed up three new occupiers to the park. Automotive industry supplier Pentagon Glass Tech, the trading name of Tintart, has taken 273sq m at B8D; local distribution firm T&C Transport is relocating to the 686sq m B8F unit; and distributor Alaris has taken unit B4, comprising 1,446sq m of distribution space. The development follows the completion of refurbishment works to Block B8 offering units from 279sq m to 1,858sq m and unit M1, which comprises about 9,290sq m and includes dock levellers and sprinklers.

AMEC and Stayley, developers of Ashton Moss, have clinched a sizeable deal at the site in east Manchester. Office Depot is to relocate from its existing site in Chadderton to Ashton Commerce Park, part of the mixed-use development on the outskirts of Ashton town centre. Work on a new 26,662sq m regional distribution hub and call centre has begun and Office Depot expects to be operational by April 2005. In addition to the distribution centre, the deal incorporatea a 3, 484sq m call centre and an extra 4,645sq m of land for expansion purposes. The project has received £4.1M funding from the Northwest Development Agency.

A £1.6M expansion programme has been unveiled at Kingmoor Park, one of the UK’s largest industrial complexes in the North. In a new phase of development, the 400-acre business park in Carlisle is for the first time building three 2,790sq m shell developments, offering space ranging from 372sq m to 2,790sq m for £3.50 per sq ft. The units can be tailored to specialist and small or medium-sized businesses creating an ideal opportunity for light industrial or distribution and warehousing use. The single-storey, steel framed buildings are a natural progression for the Kingmoor Park, which is backed by Carlisle City Council, Cumbria County Council and the North West Development Agency, and is identified as one of the region’s priority sites for creating jobs.

Matthews & Goodman, acting for Henry Boot Developments, has sold a three-acre site on its Big Apple Distribution Park, close to the M6’s J20 at Warrington, to GeoPost, the international parcels distribution company. GeoPost is to locate a purpose-built 2,787sq m parcel distribution depot on the park. Following completion of the first deal at Big Apple, Warrington to GeoPost, Henry Boot Developments has confirmed that it is able to provide ‘brand new, purpose-built, ‘big sheds’ of up to 27,900sq m at a rental from only £3.50 per sq ft.

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