Property developer celebrates 20th anniversary with growing pipeline

Commercial property developer, Eshton Group, is celebrating its 20th anniversary during one of its most exciting periods of business, which includes a growing development pipeline.

Led by brothers James and Jonathan Chapman, Leeds-based Eshton Group has generated millions of pounds of investment and created thousands of new jobs across the North of England by regenerating under-utilised land into thriving industrial hubs with vast commercial and economic potential.

Among the firm’s successes is the development of the 60-acre Burnley Bridge Business Park, which transformed a disused area of land off the M65 into a thriving industrial hub, delivering more than 750,000 sq ft of buildings and over £50m of investment locally, with significant further development anticipated.

Now the business looks to help address the severe shortfall in warehouse availability across the UK through its growing pipelines of development plans, including the recent submission of an outline planning application for an additional 500,000 sq ft of employment space at Burnley Bridge South, as well as an imminent application for a new 60-acre business park, totalling more than 900,000 sq ft, on the A1 at Catterick.

Managing director, James Chapman, said: “We’ve come a long way over the last 20 years, in spite of sometimes operating in very challenging markets, and I’m incredibly proud of the team and the hard work we’ve put in to reach this milestone.

“Our story began in the residential sector, and we’ve grown considerably to become one of the key players in the region’s commercial property sector. Our current focus is on bringing forward complex employment sites, as well as working on some exciting new roadside developments. We’re an ambitious team with an intelligent commercial vision and I expect to see our portfolio continue to expand with targeted, research-backed investment into key areas.”