WORK has started on a £96m logistics base in Leeds’ largest enterprise zone.
Aire Valley Land, a joint venture between Evans Property Group and Keyland Developments, has begun a £7.5m infrastructure programme at the 165 acre Temple Green site in Leeds.
The site, which is the largest of four development sites in the Leeds Enterprise Zone, has planning permission for over three million sq ft of developed space at J45 of the M1.
Consent was recently granted for phase one which includes Leeds City Council’s 1,000 space park and ride interchange and development plots totalling 10 acres for motor dealerships and petrol filling station. The site will also include additional retail to service the park and ride users and nearby occupiers.
Leeds-based civil engineering firm, Hewlett Construction has been appointed to complete the road infrastructure and ground engineering works programme for phase one.
Once completed, the main spine road will open up the 25 acre phase two site which can accommodate up to 500,000 sq ft of industrial, advanced manufacturing, storage and distribution space which could generate some 700 jobs.
The £7.5m programme of works will involve the re-engineering of some 14m cubic feet of soil – enough to fill 3,200 London buses or 110 Olympic size swimming pools - and one kilometre of new dual carriageway road which will provide access to the park and ride, car dealerships and petrol station as well as direct access to phase two.
The work is expected to be completed in August 2015, following which work on the park and ride facility will begin.
James Pitt, development director of Evans Property Group, said: “It is incredibly exciting to now be on site and to have started work creating Leeds’ largest logistics base.
“Most importantly, we are now development ready and in a position to talk about delivery timescales with end users.”