At Potter Space, I have responsibility for the delivery of new buildings and infrastructure. With five business parks in Ripon, Droitwich, Selby, Ely, Knowsley and Droitwich, and with a £25m investment programme, there is a certainly plenty happening to keep me busy.
We have just handed over a 27,500 square foot unit to our very happy customer, Primary Diets, in Ripon, and we are about to start the construction of a 12,500 square foot unit on the same site.
Add to these; Clipper Logistics signing a new 10-year lease for 195,000 square foot in Selby, including a new car park, which I am currently managing; the expansion of our customer, Evans Removals, into another unit in Ripon; the refurbishment and site expansion in Ely; a significant investment and build programme in Droitwich; a new unit recently submitted for planning for existing customer, Tritan Engineering; and no one can accuse us of ‘resting on our laurels’.
We believe our success is not just down to the strategic location of the business parks but also because of the way we work with our customers.
They particularly like the fact we are a relatively small team, with a single point of contact, which manages the projects from design through to completion. Nor does our commitment end there, as we remain involved following the handover, resulting in lasting relationships.
Rather than developing a ‘one size fits all’ solution, we work really closely with them, listen to their requirements and then build a unit to meet their needs. In addition, as our chairman, MD and FD have a logistics background, their expertise can be called upon if additional input or advice is required.
For example, when designing Unit 60 for Primary Diets, we reviewed how the customer planned to use the building and installed additional doors to allow access from its existing mill on site, enabling it to have an integrated operation to facilitate production.
When it comes to speculative developments, we take a number of factors into consideration, including the rise of e-commerce. Buildings need to provide flexibility for a number of users over its lifetime of 50 years or more.
The high quality units are designed to be sustainable and ‘future proof’ with, among other things, PV panels, EV charging for electric vehicles, bike stores, LED lighting, minimum eight metre eaves, good insulation, low maintenance and yard space suitable for the size of the building.
But we are not just about providing buildings, we create a ‘Home for Business’ with quality signage, attractive landscaping and high level security.
At Potter Space we really do go that ‘extra mile’ to ensure present and future customers are happy.
After all our customers’ success maintains our success.