News - Turbine Business Park Sunderland

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News Release - 2nd November 2014

A local firm has unveiled a striking new statue at the £70 million Turbine Business Park in Sunderland.

Washington based, Clifford Chapman Metalworks created the life size sculpture as a gateway feature to popular business park. It was designed by KPP Architects.

Cliff Chapman said: “This was a great creative challenge. The statue took 14 weeks to construct from mild steel plate which was hot dipped and then galvanised, the key was to capture the female form and create a striking new entrance way to this important local site.”

There are only 20 acres still available for development at Turbine Business Park, with planning consent to accommodate warehouse, industrial, office, retail or hotel uses. Key investments into the site over the last year include the £6million Washington Business Centre and Greene King’s Farm House Inn pub.

The Business Centre was delivered by Barmston Developments on behalf of Sunderland City Council, with support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It offers 24 offices, seven hybrid units and 13 workshops, as well as meeting rooms and free parking. Once filled it is expected to foster 200 jobs.

Its new tenants include Business Performance Partners (BPP) Visual Ltd and WAMOT. The centre has also hosted the first ever annual general meeting, outside of Japan, for global logistics group Vantec Corporation, a company which has created 230 Sunderland-based jobs in the last two years. Executives from Vantec Corporation’s head office in Japan, plus Vantec managing directors and CEOs from America, India, Guangzhou, Mexico, Russia and the Netherlands attended the three day meeting in September.

Arun Mistry from Barmston Developments, a joint venture between Wilton Developments and Clugston Estates, said: “Turbine Business Park has been a huge success story for Sunderland. We wanted a striking feature to mark the entrance to the Park and are delighted with the statue, which has become known as ‘Tess’ of the Turbine.

“Turbine Business Park has attracted multi million pounds worth of investment from the private sector. It has undoubtedly benefitted from the supply chain opportunities that Nissan offers, with one of the biggest deals in within the enterprise zones from Vantec. This, coupled with the low-carbon hub credentials in the area, means we are still seeing a lot of occupier interest.”

Cllr Harry Trueman, deputy leader of Sunderland City Council said: “The new sculpture provides a stunning entrance to Turbine Park, opposite the recently completed Washington Business Centre, which is helping to develop Sunderland’s economy and grow jobs, not just in the new and expanding low carbon industry, but across a range of sectors.

“The new sculpture is a distinctive and attractive addition to the development.”

News Release - 14th March 2014

Hot on the heels of this month's completion of the £6million Washington Business Centre at Turbine Business Park in Sunderland, two further developments are set to open their doors.

Adjacent to Washington Business Park, Gateshead College's new Future Technology Centre is nearing completion. This multi-million pound research and development centre is owned and managed by a partnership of Gateshead College and Zero Carbon Futures and is supported by the Government's Regional Growth Fund.

The centre is set to become a major development for the UK's Low Carbon Vehicle sector, enabling the UK to fortify its position as a European leader in the development and implementation of these technologies.

"The Future Technology Centre is the first of its kind in Europe and will become a real demonstrator of e-mobility technologies, bringing together a research and development centre, workshop space, proximity to the UK's only EV performance test track and office space to develop a low carbon community that promotes knowledge transfer and project collaboration." says Dr. Colin Herron, Zero Carbon Futures managing director.

The Centre, which will be open for business this spring, is located in the heart of the North East's automotive district. It will be home to academic research, automotive supply chain operations, skills and training provision to act as a springboard to real-world adoption of new and emerging technologies.

Adjacent business, Nissan, has also invested heavily in ultra-low carbon vehicle technology with the Nissan Leaf, the world's first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric car which is produced at the Sunderland Plant. The company has also worked with Gateshead College to develop the UK's first Skills Academy for ‘Sustainable Manufacturing and Innovation' which is based close to its plant, and leases its on-site test track to the College for use as the Performance Track for the low carbon vehicle industry.

This development complements the new Washington Business Centre which was delivered by Barmston Developments, a joint venture between Wilton Developments and Clugston Estates on behalf of Sunderland City Council.

Offering 56,000 sq ft of offices, hybrid units and workshops over three floors, the Business Centre will provide incubator start up and expansion space to create or sustain more than 200 jobs. It has already attracted strong interest from potential tenants including enterprises in the training, consultancy, warehousing and ICT networking sectors.

It sits at the entrance to the £70million Turbine Business Park, with easy access to the A19 and A1231, and also offers electric vehicle charging points, showers and cycle storage so tenants can advantage of the good cycle route connections to the centre.

Built by GMI Construction and completed this month, the Centre was delivered with support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It is part of the North East Enterprise Zone which offers capital allowance benefits for occupiers, in addition to the easy in, easy out leases and competitive rents.

Councillor Harry Trueman, deputy leader of Sunderland City Council and chairman of the Washington Area Committee, received the keys to the centre from the developers.

He said: "The Washington Business Centre is fantastic new facility to develop Sunderland's economy and grow jobs, not just in the new and expanding low carbon industry, but across a range of sectors.

"We are delighted with Barmston's work in creating this stunning new building, and are confident it will quickly attract new and growing businesses creating new jobs and prosperity for Sunderland."

Marking the hat trick of new developments on site, Greene King's Farm House Inns branded pub restaurant opens next month, helping to ensure Turbine Business Park remains an attractive proposition for employees. It will provide a family leisure destination at the entrance to the site, and adjacent there is a further opportunity for the development of an additional 929 sq m of ancillary retail space.

James Scott from Barmston Developments: "With more than 9,000 employees in the vicinity the mixed-use entrance zone is an important element of the Turbine Business Park offer.