We have also transformed the former Rockingham Colliery into Gateway 36 – Phase 1: a new, high quality mixed-use development adjacent to Junction 36 of the M1 with direct frontage onto the Dearne Valley Parkway in Barnsley.
Following the completion of site remediation and infrastructure works, we secured planning consent for Gateway 36: Phase 1 in March 2015, comprising approximately 198,000 sq. ft of commercial space. A detailed consent was then immediately secured for 65,000 sq. ft across three units aimed at small and medium-sized businesses in Yorkshire.
With Barnsley Council taking a pre-let on this space, we directly built three separate commercial units of 30,000 sq. ft, 22,000 sq.ft and 13,000 sq. ft that practically completed in January 2016. This set the tone for the entire development, leading to our decision to directly develop a new high-quality 75,000 sq. ft unit, HELIX, that has practically completed, and is ready for occupation. This will complete at the same time as a new Greene King pub and new units for KFC and Taco Bell, thus establishing Gateway 36 as a key commercial location.
The success of Phase 1 also underpins our desire to bring forward development in phases 2 and 3 – a further 100 acres that could accommodate up to 1.1m sq. ft of commercial development, subject to planning.