Construction is well underway on the first phases of Frontier Park in Whitebirk, the 90-acre site with planning permission for 1m sq ft of employment and industrial space.
Barnfield Construction is the main contractor, delivering £7m of site enabling and infrastructure works, as well as starting to build the Euro Garages service area with drive-thru restaurants included within the employment park masterplan.
Frontier Park was bought by Zuber and Moshin Issa, the founding partners of Euro Garages, from Praxis last year. Alongside the industrial-led development, plans also include a 150-bedroom hotel and conference centre.
The scheme can provide units from 100,000 sq ft to 400,000 sq ft, and work on a speculative 186,000 sq ft unit is due to start at the end of the year.
Zuber Issa said: “This is a really exciting project for us and we are pleased to be making such rapid progress after only purchasing the land 18 months ago. Our aim is to deliver a high quality development that will attract national and international companies to Lancashire, boosting job opportunities and the region’s wealth.”
Frontier Park is part of Lancashire’s strategic economic plan which aims to generate almost 10,000 jobs and more than £500m for the local economy in East Lancashire, through key employment sites.
GVA and Trevor Dawson are joint agents at Frontier Park.
Andrew Pexton, director of GVA, said: “Frontier Park is now open for business, and the commitment to undertake the enabling and infrastructure works shows the brothers’ belief in the location. The speculative build unit will be suitable for both manufacturing and logistics companies. The plateauing works will provide plot sizes that can accommodate units in the size range 100,000 sq ft to 400,000 sq ft. Frontier will be able to offer serviced development plots by the end of the year for large footprint build-to-suit enquiries.”