Ice bath maker takes the plunge with move to light industrial scheme

An ice bath manufacturer, which trades globally, is the latest business to move to a new £8m light industrial scheme at Thorp Arch Estate, near Wetherby. 

Brass Monkey Health Ltd, which supplies ice baths to private individuals and up-market spas and hotels, has relocated from Leeds East Airport, Church Fenton, to take a 10-year lease at Unit 25 Ash Way VI.

The letting, together with the recent leasing of the 15,070 sq ft Unit 23, means four units, totalling 64,125 sq ft of the nine-unit, 95,409 sq ft  carbon-net- zero-development, are occupied. Five smaller units, ranging from 4,031 sq ft to 13,056 sq ft, remain available.

Brass Monkey, founded by brothers Dan and Dale Bosomworth, in 2021, makes a range of ice baths and ice plunges. It has a £4.5m annual turnover and 35 staff.

All design, manufacturing, retailing and UK deliveries are carried out in-house. The company opens in Singapore this autumn and in the United Arab Emirates and USA in 2024.

Innovation director Dale Bosomworth said: “We were looking for a 10,000 sq ft unit nearby. The energy efficiency and option to expand with a mezzanine floor are a bonus.

“Thorp Arch Estate suits our growing team and is useful for deliveries and local suppliers by being close to the motorway network. 

“Several studies now link cold water exposure to a wide range of health benefits such as resilience building, supporting longevity and aiding recovery from illness or injuries. We are the world’s only ice bath manufacturer that offers sheets of ice, providing an experience as low as zero degrees.“

Estate surveyor at Wharfedale Property Management, which manages the estate for owner, Patrizia Hanover Property Unit Trust, Chris Hilton, said: “We are pleased to have let Units 23 and 25 in Ash Way IV and to have attracted Brass Monkey.

“The fast letting of four of the units in the current tough economic climate, justifies the speculative development and shows that green sense is business sense both for estate owner Patrizia Hanover Property Unit Trust and for the new occupants.

“The scheme’s high environmental specification and energy efficiency is a big attraction and interest remains strong in the remaining five units.”

Brass Monkey was advised by law firm Clarion.

Thorp Arch Estate occupies the site of a former wartime munitions factory.

It offers two million sq ft of commercial premises in a 385-acre parkland setting. It is a base for more than 180 businesses, employing at least 2,000 people.