Work starts on two new units at Beacon Park as Enterprise Zone is opened up for business

Date : 2014-05-15

CONSTRUCTION work has started on two new units at Beacon Park, in Gorleston – and work is finishing on an access road opening up a further 28 acres of development land.

With the financial backing of the Enterprise Zone investment fund, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, which owns the premier business park, is investing £8m in the park to build more than 100,000sq ft of speculative floorspace in four phases.

Following the topping-out earlier this year of buildings in phases one and two, the borough council has now started construction on phase three: two industrial units of 15,000sq ft and 20,000sq ft each, including 10 per cent as office space.

Elm Contracts, a Great Yarmouth-based construction firm, has been contracted to build the £2.8m high-specification development, which also includes secure vehicle turning, loading and unloading areas, car parking space and generous levels of landscaping.

The units, which are being constructed to meet demand, are due to be completed in October.

This month, work is due to begin on finishing the surface of the park’s internal access road, at a cost of more than £500,000, which will open up for development the remainder of the Enterprise Zone, with benefits including business rates relief, simplified planning processes and superfast broadband.

In January, a topping-out ceremony took place on five new light industrial units on the park’s Blackfriars Court, three of which are already under offer. And topping out of four new office units on the Wellington Park office campus took place in April, with one already under offer.

These constituted phases one and two of the £8m investment and will all be completed by the end of June. For more details, contact the appointed agents or visit Phase four is planned to be two more industrial units, of 15,000sq ft and 25,000sq ft.

Beacon Park is the significant growth area in the borough, with a sustainable mixture of jobs to support the population, as well as a new Sainsbury’s superstore and key infrastructure, including the new A12/A143 link road through the park, construction of which is due to start this summer.