Chester West and Chester Council has announced the completion of phase one at Dee View Business and Trade Park in Chester and are now on site with phase two.
Located off Bumpers Lane and Hartford Way, in the heart of Sealand Industrial Estate, the Trade and Business Park comprises phase one of Europa Court, a new build scheme offering 10 small business units from 2,137 sq ft. This development has been part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Property Reinvestment Programme (PRP). Built by MPH Construction to a ‘BREEAM Excellent’ standard, phase one totals 21,526 sq ft of which only one unit is left available to let.
Phase Two of Europa Court, solely funded by PRP, is due for completion in November 2019 with units available from 3,000 sq ft. The Trade Park comprises 20,813 sq ft across five units and are ready for immediate occupation. Unit B, measuring 4,182 sq ft, is let to M&S Hair Supplies who are relocating within Sealand Industrial Estate to a more prominent position. The site sits next to national trade counter occupiers including: Plumbase, Screwfix, Toolstation, Europcar & Topps Tiles and industrial occupiers including Calder Industrial Materials, Grahams Machinery Services and Camlock. The development sits in close proximity to a number of car showrooms including Fiat, Citroen, Alfa Romeo and Jeep.
Speaking about the scheme, Mark Diaper, associate director at Legat Owen, sole letting agents for the scheme, commented: “The Council’s foresight to provide high quality flexible business accommodation in the West Chester Commercial BID area will provide additional economic impact to this already well-established business destination. We have been pleased but not surprised with the occupier uptake with nine units let or under offer.”
Councillor Carol Gahan, Cabinet Member for Legal and Finance at Cheshire West and Chester Council, continued: “This is the latest successful development to have been completed under the Council’s Property Reinvestment Programme providing high quality industrial and trade units for local, regional and national companies. The early success of phase one has meant we have been able to commit to phase two of Europa Court comprising units from 3,000 sq ft, which is due for completion in mid November.”
The property is situated within the West Chester Commercial BID. Occupiers within the BID Area contribute towards a Bid Levy, which is estimated at £89,000 per annum until 2022. This funding is ring-fenced and spent by the business community on projects and services that support the trading environment, including security and crime prevention initiatives, image enhancements, business support programmes, such as free training for the Estates employees.