Work has finished on a major industrial development which could lead to the creation of 150 new jobs in North Staffordshire.
St Modwen has built 85,000 sq ft of industrial space in Stoke-on-Trent which includes a 43,000 sq ft trade park and a speculative 43,000 sq ft warehouse.
The buildings have been constructed on a former steelworks site at the newly-named St Modwen Park Stoke Central.
The developer has delivered the scheme on behalf of Stoke-on-Trent City Council which acquired the trade park site last year, while the C43 warehouse has been delivered for St Modwen.
The scheme has already attracted strong interest and, once fully occupied, has the potential to create up to 150 new jobs in the region.
Stuart Murray, development director at St. Modwen Industrial & Logistics, said: “This is another milestone in our longstanding investment in Stoke-on-Trent.
“The trade park scheme will counter the demand for small employment units in the region, creating new employment opportunities for the city, while C43 provides first-class industrial and logistics accommodation in an unrivalled location.
“We are also delivering a further 183,000 sq ft of industrial and logistics space in the south of the city, which we hope to pre-let it its entirety prior to practical completion in October 2020.
“We also have detailed planning consent for a 250,000 sq ft ‘big-box’ unit at St Modwen Park Stoke South which could further meet demand in the local area.”
The trade park scheme will provide a range of small employment units.
There are 11 units available across two blocks, between 2,955 sq ft and 4,810 sq ft in size, which are being marketed by Harris Lamb.
Councillor Janine Bridges, cabinet member for economy at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said: “One of our top priorities for coronavirus recovery is to get our economy back on track.
“The world faces an unprecedented challenge due to the pandemic but we have to remember before the crisis hit, the city’s economy was in a good place, with employment growth named as the fastest in the UK in a report at the start of the year.
“We are still committed to creating jobs and bringing opportunities and prosperity to the city and it’s vital we rebuild confidence and show that Stoke-on-Trent is open for business.
“The interest in this development is increasing now the lockdown is gradually being eased and having these units built and ready to move into as the country begins to get back on its feet puts us in a really strong position with potential occupiers.”