Construction underway on Magnetic Park development in Desborough

Over 260 tonnes of steel framework is being craned into position at Hampton Brook’s Magnetic Park development in Desborough, Northants., as construction gets underway on two new production/warehouse facilities, which will lead to the creation of dozens of new jobs for local people.

The regional developer, renowned for its bespoke developments and philosophy of best practice in sustainable development, has been carrying out preparatory works on site at Eagle Avenue since planning permission was secured in May for just under 90,000 sq ft. With the steelwork now being put into place, it is possible to get a sense of the scale of the new development.

The construction works for the two HQ buildings are due to be completed towards the end of the year. And upon completion of the development the new buildings will be handed over to the new occupiers, Dunkelman & Son Limited and Partridges UK (Partridge & Print Ltd) for occupation in 2018.

The largest facility under construction is for Desborough based company Dunkelman & Son Limited which designs, manufactures and distributes shoe care accessories under the Dasco brand. Initial construction is for a 40,650 sq ft building that will provide the company with a bespoke solution to accommodate its specialist needs, but also allowing Dunkelman an area for future expansion as the business continues to develop and grow.

John Hummel, Operations Director at Dunkelman & Son Limited, said: “We are pleased to be working with Hampton Brook in the delivery of our new facility. We have committed significant investment which in turn will sustain the growth of our business.”

Partridges UK facility will also offer a future proof solution for business growth. The 2.15 acre plot will initially accommodate a 27,000 sq ft production facility to satisfy the company’s print, warehousing, mailing services and fulfilment activities. The family run and owned company is currently based in Wellingborough, but will relocate to Desborough having outgrown its existing premises and as it expands, increase its number of employees by at least 20.

Managing Director Mark Partridge of Partridges UK, said: “Hampton Brook is delivering our new headquarters which will allow our family business to invest for the next generation.”Ian Jackson, Development Director of Hampton Brook, said: “The imminent arrival of Dunkelman & Son and Partridges UK marks the fourth phase of development at Magnetic Park. The existing three phases of the Park were completed between 2006 and 2012; home to occupiers including Great Bear Distribution, O.Kay Engineering and Jacaranda Carpets and providing some 530,000 sq ft.”

“We are extremely proud of what has and is being achieved at Magnetic Park. Our expertise and collaborative approach has created an exceptional hub for businesses with excellent nationwide connectivity. The additional job creation that these new facilities will bring to the town will help Desborough during its forthcoming period of change, with the residential development around the area set to transform the scale of the population.”

Hampton Brook is now marketing the final two sites at Magnetic Park through its agents Budworth Hardcastle and LSH.

For strong-performing businesses looking to expand, design and build packages are now more common-place with the ongoing severe shortage of quality, modern industrial space available in the County. Manufacturers and distributors can therefore take advantage of further phases of Magnetic Park where units from 30,000 sq ft up to 65,000 sq ft can be delivered on freehold or leasehold build to suit packages.