Findel pre-lets 213,000 sq ft Burnley shed

Leeds-based developer Eshton Group has secured home shopping and healthcare products retailer Findel at its Burnley Bridge business park.

Findel will create 120 jobs at the new distribution centre on junction 9 of the M65. Work on the 213,000 sq ft warehouse is scheduled to begin before the end of this year and it should be ready for occupation in autumn 2010.

The 70-acre Burnley Bridge park is located on the former Hepworth's site at Pollard Moor on the outskirts of Hapton and Padiham.

James Chapman, the managing director of Eshton, commented: "Findel's commitment to Burnley Bridge is tremendous news. It is a significant vote of confidence in this pioneering development, which is now open for business."

Eshton has consent for 680,000 sq ft of mixed-use employment space, including large industrial units of up to 400,000 sq ft. It is primarily seeking to attract light industrial and distribution-based occupiers. There will also be offices, a convenience retail store, crèche and hotel.

Dave Sanderson, operations director of Findel, said: "The location is perfect to feed our major sites in Accrington and Chadderton. The creation of a large custom-built warehouse will not only bring greater efficiency but will assist the continued expansion of the group."

The agents for the development are Dove, Haigh Phillips of Leeds and Trevor Dawson of Blackburn and Burnley.

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