Work begins on £100m Bridgehead business park in Hessle: 3,000 jobs could follow
WORK has begun on an East Yorkshire business park that could lead to the creation of 3,000 jobs.
The £100m Bridgehead development, which occupies 50 acres of land in the shadow of the Humber Bridge in Hessle, is the region's newest business park.
And it is also set to be the greenest, thanks to an array of environmental features, including a biomass boiler, solar panels and electric car charging points.
The park is the latest large-scale project to be undertaken by the Wykeland Group. Wykeland's development director, Stephen Hudson, said the scheme was "the most significant development of its kind in the region for more than a decade".
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He said: "Bridgehead represents the next generation of green business parks, with low-density development and careful attention to the local environment.
"More than 40 per cent of the space will be given over to landscaping, which will include pathways through the site's woodland areas, and will incorporate a detailed bio-diversity strategy prepared and delivered in conjunction with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust."
The first phase of the scheme will be the construction of a speculative grade-A office building, with a gross internal area of 15,745sq ft.
Hessle-based PDR Construction has been awarded the contract to build the offices, while CR Reynolds, of Melton, will be responsible for the road and drainage infrastructure. The development is being undertaken by Bridgeland Limited, a Wykeland company, in partnership with The Humber Bridge Board and Hessle Golf Course Company Limited.
On completion, the park will offer about 612,000sq ft of business space, which has been earmarked for offices, research and development and high tech, clean manufacturing activity.
Mr Hudson said: "Bridgehead will play a lead role in the region's economy and could well be a key support location to the burgeoning renewables sector, providing high-quality office space to enable businesses to expand and at the same time attract major new investment from out of town".
The Bridgehead project is part financed by the Priority 2 European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Programme 2007 to 2013, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate economic development by investing in projects that will support local businesses and create jobs.
PPH Commercial has been appointed sole agent on the site.
PPH partner Nick Pearce said: "Bridgehead has been talked about and eagerly awaited for several years and it is great news for the region's economy that contractors are on site.
"Although the marketing process has only just started, the demand has been strong, which is not surprising, as the scheme is superbly designed and will create the finest office park in the region, with huge green credentials in a great setting close to the strategic Humber Bridge.
"Enquiries to date have ranged from 3,500sq ft to 18,000sq ft from companies within the region and from several out-of-town firms looking to come to Hull and the East Riding for the first time.
"It goes without saying that it would be a real jobs boost if we could bring these businesses here".