Green light for latest Ripon business park expansion

Potter Space, which owns and operates five business parks across England, has released details of its plans to create two new industrial buildings at its Ripon site, after receiving approval from planners.

In the latest phase of development at the business park in Melmerby, which is located close to the A1M, Harrogate and York, two new buildings will provide three units, 54, 55A and 55B, totalling an additional 70,000 sq. ft of space.

In addition to the location providing excellent transport links, each unit is suitable for a wide variety of warehousing, distribution and industrial uses, and with their construction at a very early stage, there is potential for design tailoring and customisation to meet specific uses. Joint acting agents for the new units are Fox Lloyd Jones and Gent Visick.

Unit 54 will provide 20,000 sq. ft (1,858 sq. m) of space on a 1.41 acre plot. The larger neighbouring units 55A and 55B will each offer 25,000 sq. ft (2,322 sq. m), on plots of 1.47 and 1.48 acres respectively. All three units will have an internal eaves height of ten metres and benefit from a large yard and car park area with the potential to secure. Loading is available through electric ground level doors, with units 55A and 55B each offering access through four doors.

Due to be ready from Autumn 2023, the new units at Potter Space Ripon are designed to a high specification that is consistent with the existing premises. Their modern exterior will feature contemporary grey cladding and large areas of glazing, and the buildings will incorporate solar panels, EV charging points and cycle stores as standard – all of which will help customers achieve their ESG goals and optimise the welfare of their workforce.

Having received environmental awards for its first carbon neutral unit at Ripon, Potter Space continues its commitment to creating buildings to a highly sustainable standard with the three new units. It is part of the company’s aim to prioritise sustainability, biodiversity, health and wellbeing across all five of its business parks.

Jason Rockett, managing director at Potter Space, said: “We’re pleased to be able to bring our latest investment plans to fruition at our Ripon business park and create more high-quality warehousing and industrial space to meet demand. The three units, all of which are available to pre-let now, provide businesses with an opportunity to relocate and thrive at a superb North Yorkshire location that is so much more than just a base for business.

Nick Salkeld, director at Fox Lloyd Jones, commented: “We have continued to experience sustained demand for prime industrial and warehouse space across North Yorkshire. Existing stock is in short supply resulting in many schemes experiencing high pre-let or pre-sale interest as demonstrated by the recent deals on Unit 24 and Unit 53. The grant of planning permission to expand the Ripon estate is terrific news and we’re delighted to be working in partnership with Gent Visick to manage enquiries from businesses seeking sustainable buildings on a well-managed, secure and a highly accessible site.”

Jason added: “As with all our business parks, Potter Space Ripon is designed to be a home for business, benefitting from our investment in premium services infrastructure and careful management of external spaces, to ensure they are both environmentally sustainable and visually attractive. This is a prime opportunity to join leading businesses such as I’Anson, English Marquee Company and European Heritage in a state-of-the-art business hub boasting excellent transport links.”


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