One of East Yorkshire’s largest business parks primed for expansion

Following a raft of lettings, one of East Yorkshire’s largest business parks is ready to expand again after unveiling a series of design and build opportunities, with planning permission already secured for units ranging from 88,600 sq ft to 212,00 sq ft, subject to tenants’ requirements.

Dianthus Business Park in Newport, which is owned and operated by Newport Buildings LLP and is already home to a wide range of companies including JZ Flowers International, QwikFlowers, Royal Lemkes Ltd, William Jackson Food Group, ProGarm and FlamePro. The site currently provides full time employment for 700 people.

Earlier this year, it was announced that Hull based Paneltex, a maker of specialised commercial refrigerated vehicle bodies and storage systems, had completed a deal to move into a 140,000 sq ft industrial facility at Dianthus Business Park.

Yorkshire construction firm, Hobson & Porter, also recently completed a £7million project at the site to deliver two 65,000 sq ft warehouse and distribution units, which are let to Jacksons Bakery and Royal Lemkes.

Hobson & Porter has now built 550,000 sq ft of warehouse and distribution buildings, and more than 35,000 sq ft of office space over the last 10 years at Dianthus Business Park.

Hobson & Porter’s managing director, Richard Hunter, said: “We have a long-standing relationship with Newport Buildings LLP and have delivered 10 phases of work to date, worth over £35 million, that fit with their exacting standards and vision for their own business, and other businesses on the park. We’re now looking forward to exploring further phases at Dianthus Business Park with businesses that recognise the benefits of having a state of the art warehouse or distribution centre, that’s right next to Junction 38 of the A63/M62.”

The phased works have included new-build office accommodation, several large, steel portal frame buildings, distribution and packing lines, dock leveller pods, large hardstanding areas, parking, landscaping and drainage. The construction of all the buildings have included in-situ concrete foundations, Kingspan cladding, precast first floors with demountable partitions and suspended ceilings. In addition, external and internal cold room panels have given the buildings a 25-year thermal warranty.

Richard added: “Through collaboration with the wider project team, we have delivered almost £2m worth of combined value engineering savings across the phases. Other highlights include a compliant computerised building management system, which ensures stable temperature to preserve flower stock in JZ Flowers’ own building, and an integrated biometric fingerprint access and egress system for site staff and fire safety.

“The buildings also offer exceptional green credentials. These include recycling heat generated by the chiller facilities to heat water and under-floor heating systems for the offices, the installation of a well providing grey water for the toilet flushing, a purpose-built 4.1 acre wetlands that collects rainwater and interior LED lighting fitted with movement detection sensors.”

Founder of Newport Buildings LLP, Jelle Zwemstra, said: “It’s fantastic to have continued our decade long relationship with Hobson & Porter which shares our commitment to innovation, quality, and value for money. We are also delighted to be supporting jobs in the East Riding of Yorkshire and look forward to continuing to develop the site, with these latest design and build opportunities, as we create one of East Yorkshire’s most sought after and popular business parks.”

The latest units are being marketed by Hull-based commercial property specialists, Garness Jones, which handles lettings at Dianthus Business Park.