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Airfield site ready for its next phase

4Back to work...Paul Watkins, project co-ordinator, and Malcolm Clark, site manager, review plans for the next phase of business units at Airfield Park, Market Harborough. STEVE HODGKIN / Credit - CHADWICKS

4Back to work...Paul Watkins, project co-ordinator, and Malcolm Clark, site manager, review plans for the next phase of business units at Airfield Park, Market Harborough. STEVE HODGKIN / Credit - CHADWICKS

BUILDING work has started on the next phase of units at the 20-acre Airfield Business Park in Harborough.

Situated on the outskirts of town at the former Airfield Farm site on the A6, it is the flagship commercial development of Loughborough-based contractor and developer William Davis.

After a period of some inactivity, this new phase will comprise nine new units, varying from 2,949sq ft to 23,077sq ft, that will offer premium workspace, designated parking and HGV loading areas.

Already home to the award-winning Harborough Innovation Centre, the site has attracted interest from growing businesses.

The final five units of the previous phase were recently sold to security and audio manufacturer North Supply Ltd and air conditioning specialist Trace Energy Systems.

Trace Energy Systems director Rob Gamble said: “As a business with a UK-wide client base, we were searching for easily accessible premises that would accommodate storage and office space under one roof.

“Airfield Business Park offered the ideal solution.

“The move has also improved efficiency, as our engineers benefit from direct access to the A14 and M1.”

The new phase, in two blocks, will be designed to complement the existing units, and is due to be completed in June.

Project co-ordinator Paul Watkins said: “The units have proved popular with small and medium-sized businesses looking for an accessible development on the edge of town. With a good stream of enquiries for the new units already taken, we are hopeful Airfield Park will continue to buck the trend.”

The development also includes plans for a marina, school, pub and hotel.

Plans to build up to 1,800 houses at the site have proved controversial.

The former deputy leader of Harborough Council, Blake Pain, resigned in November over the authority’s plan to include that number of homes in its Core Strategy planning document.

This is now under review.

For more information on the units, contact Amanda Lawrence at Budworth Hardcastle on 01536483400, Kevin Skipworth at Andrew Granger & Co on 0116 2429922 or Geoff Gibson at Lambert Smith Hampton on 01162552694.

 

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