Contractor hands over 50,000 sq ft as new tenants move in

James Richards – Clowes Developments, Richard Sutton – NG Chartered Surveyors,
Hannah Bailey – Clowes Developments, Rob Wood and Claire Hattersley – WELEDA, Charlie Dean,
Steve Lloyd and Oliver Lloyd – Catering24, Fintan Phelan, Sam Harrington, Dan Hulse, Robin Orgill
and Steve Marshall – TanRo

Lead construction contractor TanRo has handed over the completed units to occupiers Catering24 and WELEDA at Clowes Developments’ Etiquette Park in Ilkeston.

Construction of both units, totalling around 50,000 sq ft, began in December 2021. Despite supply and demand of materials challenges and a shortage of skilled labour, TanRo has delivered the bespoke units for Clowes Developments’ clients, on time and according to programme, just eight months on.

Richard Sutton of NG Chartered Surveyors acted for Clowes Developments on both deals.

Unit A is a 27,349 sq ft industrial unit which sits on the left-hand side of the business park. Family business owners, Charlie Dean, Steve Lloyd and Oliver Lloyd were onsite to mark the occasion.

They said: “This is an exciting new chapter for Catering24. Our growth over recent years has led us to this point but it’s been 30-plus years in the making. We are looking forward to having our own set of keys and start making the brand new, pristine unit feel like home for our staff.”

The deal marks significant expansion for the food packaging distributor which has doubled its turnover in the past two years. Catering24 has the option to purchase the property within the first two years, assuming the option is triggered this will represent a total investment in the warehouse, equipment, racking and IT software to the sum of £2.8m.

Charlie Dean, managing director at Catering24 added: “My daughter has been tracking the progress of the build since January, we have been driving her down to have a sneak peek at the unit which she has loved. I cannot wait to bring her back and show her around. This really is a special moment for us as a local family business.”

Sustainable health and beauty firm WELEDA will also be moving into Unit B at Etiquette Park which comprises of a warehouse and office facility totalling 24,207 sq ft. The company’s Customer Care and Warehousing teams are expected to migrate over to the new facility from WELEDA’s manufacturing site at Ilkeston within the next few months, allowing additional breathing space at the Heanor Road headquarters for the expanding business.

WELEDA’s supply chain and warehouse manager, Robert Wood, said: “We are really delighted that our move date is now in sight, and cannot wait to settle our team into their new offices and warehouse facility. The expansion will not only enable us to recalibrate systems and streamline our business, but the exciting new space will undoubtedly inspire and motivate our team as it will provide improved working conditions. A great new springboard for the business!”