Second phase of south Yorkshire industrial park approved

Property investor and land regeneration business, Harworth Group, has secured consent for 110,000 sq ft of industrial and logistics space as part of phase two of its Gateway 36 development, in Barnsley.

This phase of the scheme will see the direct development of three buildings ranging from 23,000 sq ft to 49,500 sq ft, which will include up to 10% office space and will be marketed as “R-Evolution 36”.

The smallest building will be split into four units of 5,750 sq ft each, to ensure suitability to a broad range of occupiers.

It will support the development of two additional buildings as part of phase two, which will provide an additional 425,000 sq ft of industrial and logistics space.

The scheme will also include 20 EV charging points, rainwater harvesting and a sustainable heating and cooling system.

It is intended to build on the success of phase one of Gateway 36, which comprised the direct development by Harworth of 145,300 sq ft of industrial and logistics space across four units, which were sold to Mayfair Capital in 2018.

And it follows last month’s sale of a 24-acre land parcel at the development to Firethorn for £11.6m, which will be used to deliver a BREEAM “Excellent” standard, 340,000 sq ft logistics facility.

Gateway 36 is supported by £3.1m worth of funding from Sheffield City Region, with all of the facility now drawn down contributing to the infrastructure that has opened up development of the site.

Harworth says it should begin direct development of phase two early this year. The units will be marketed by Knight Frank and Gent Visick.

Andrew Blackshaw, chief operating officer at Harworth, said: “Gateway 36 is a major hub for logistics and manufacturing in Yorkshire, benefiting from its adjacency to Junction 36 of the M1.

“The development of this discrete second phase of the scheme will be a contributor to Harworth’s strategy of increasing its direct development of industrial & logistics space over the next five to seven years.”

Chris Davidson, associate director for major projects at Harworth, added: “The next phase of Gateway 36 will meet the growing demand for well-connected, high-specification industrial and logistics space in Yorkshire.

“In addition to supporting new jobs in the area, the development’s environmental impact will be minimised through the use of onsite energy generation and energy efficient design.”

Harworth Group had a strong 2021, seeing its share price build back better than pre-pandemic levels, closing on Thursday at 190p per share, with AJ Bell investment director Russ Mould telling in November that recent sales pointed “to the value that lies within its portfolio of property assets.”

Lynda Shillaw, CEO of the property group noted that proceeds from recent sales including the £11.6m sale to Firethorn and a £54m sale of land in Warwickshire would “be used to continue the build-out of our other development sites, including our consented industrial sites in Yorkshire” as the business looks to double in size over the next five to seven years.