New industrial premises to accommodate up to 130 workers

Regional contractor G F Tomlinson has begun work on a 65,000 sq ft warehouse at Wakefield Hub for Newmarket Lane Ltd, a joint venture between developers HBD and Yorkcourt.

Forecast for completion by the end of summer 2021, the £6.4m scheme is being constructed at the Wakefield Hub industrial and logistics development for end user HB Clark, which is part of the Kitwave Wholesale Group.

GF Tomlinson is undertaking the design and construction of the warehouse, which also includes ancillary office space to accommodate Kitwave’s expansion plans within the region.

The site will also feature an 80-space car park and 24-space lorry park.

Infrastructure works will include an extension to the existing highway with new street lighting and pavements, along with a service yard.

Located on Newmarket Lane, the warehouse unit will employ up to 130 full and part time staff.

This is the second scheme to be built at the 200-acre Wakefield Hub development.

Andrew Sewards, managing director at GF Tomlinson, said: “We’re delighted to be delivering this high-quality warehouse unit for Newmarket Lane Ltd.

“We have previously worked with HBD on the construction of three units at the flagship Markham Vale development, so it’s a pleasure to be working with them once again and with developer Yorkcourt for the first time.

“We have extensive experience in the warehouse and logistics sector and are pleased to be expanding this into more geographical regions.

“We’re currently in the early stages of works which are progressing very well, and we look forward to handing over the project once complete in the summer.”

Simon Ross, development surveyor at HBD, said: “We’re pleased to be able to welcome Kitwave to Wakefield Hub and look forward to seeing their bespoke premises take shape.

“The interest in Wakefield Hub is a real vote of confidence in the city as a place to invest.

“One of the largest regeneration projects of its kind in the North of England, the scheme will bring a significant number of jobs to the area and inject millions in inward investment.”

Scott Mackie, director of Newmarket Lane Ltd, said: “Yorkcourt and the directors of Newmarket are pleased we secured Kitwave as a tenant on this prestigious site. We look forward to welcoming many other occupants to the development in the very near future.”