Following completion of site remediation and infrastructure works to Phase 1, Harworth secured planning consent from Barnsley Council in March 2015, comprising approximately 145,300 sq ft of commercial space.
With Barnsley Council taking a pre-let on this space, three commercial units were built by Harworth that practically completed in January 2016. These units, branded as ‘R-evolution at Gateway36’, have since been sub-let to Esco GB, Talurit and the Environmental Agency. In September 2016, Harworth directly developed the forth and final unit on Phase 1 with the delivery of a 75,277 sq ft unit named Helix, and subsequently let to Motor Depot (now Car Supermarket).
In Summer 2019, Harworth sold the commercial units on Phase 1 to clients of Mayfair Capital to fund new acquisition opportunities across the business.
Also developed within Phase 1 is a Greene King pub, KFC, Dunkin’ Donuts and Taco Bell; establishing Gateway 36 as a key commercial location.
In Q3 2020, Harworth received outline planning consent for the next phases of development to build a further 1.1m sq ft of new employment space which could create around 2,500 jobs. This consent also included the construction of a new link road from the existing Shortwood roundabout to serve land to the south of the Dearne Valley Parkway and a new roundabout to serve land to the north. These works are currently close to completion.
At the end of 2021, the initial earthworks contract for the land south of the Dearne Valley Parkway was completed in preparation for the development of Units 1-3 (marketed as ‘R-Evolution 36’), with detailed planning secured in January 2022. These units, ranging from 5,750 – 49,500 sq ft, are currently under construction and expected to be ready for occupation Q4 2022.