Work is under way to create two new multimillion-pound offices in the second phase of a business park close to Newcastle International Airport.
Construction has started on phase two of AirView Park after planning permission was granted to developers Tynexe Commercial Ltd, which will develop the 20,000 sq ft scheme at the 175,000 sq ft site.
The new phase has two buildings, including a 10,200 sq ft centre of excellence and shared workspace to help new start-ups launch and regional SMEs scale up and take advantage of global trade opportunities.
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The second building will provide space for either one sole tenant or a number of businesses and is described as ideal for expanding companies or those looking for a strategic North East base, next to main transport routes and international business links.
Sunderland based Brims Construction has been appointed as the main contractor for phase two, which is hoped will attract new organisations to the site and the region. Initial ground and enabling works have started, including the excavation of plots 2A and B to formation level, with build activity on plot 2A also under way. A
Construction is expected to last 11 months with completion of the first building anticipated in the autumn.
Mike Clark, director of Tynexe Commercial Limited, said: “This is another fantastic addition to AirView Park as well as the North East’s business landscape.
“As one of the region’s most strategic sites, the development will fully support local SMEs as well as attract new organisations to the region to further strengthen economic growth, international trade potential and recovery.
“We’re delighted to have appointed Brims Construction as the main contractor for phase two, which again helps to support and protect local jobs including those within wider supply chain organisations. Brims has vast experience creating high quality industrial and commercial schemes, and so work onsite will now move at speed. Initial groundworks have started on the first building and by the end of the year, we will have a new scheme that delivers the very best facilities for potential occupiers.”
AirView Park, located at Woolsington next to Newcastle International Airport, has already attracted national homebuilder Bellway plc. Bellway moved into its new national headquarters in September 2020, as part of phase one, with office space for more than 80 group employees.
Brims Construction, which employs 83 permanent staff, has experience across many sectors and is also currently on site at the £4.5m retail and leisure scheme at Blyth South Beach.
Director Richard Wood said: “AirView Park is a very exciting scheme with high quality commercial space planned. We’ve worked with the client and members of their team previously, and we’re confident that Brims represents the final piece in the jigsaw in bringing together a very successful team and project delivery for everyone involved.”
The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP), which supports major capital investments to promote innovation, economic and skills infrastructure, and sustainable transport as part of the North East Growth Deal, has allocated an agreed Getting Building Fund grant of £944,294 to AirView Park.
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