Wakefield is fast becoming the destination of choice for businesses to grow in the UK.
Ranging from start-ups in the creative, digital & tech sector, to large manufacturing and logistics companies, developers and businesses are choosing Wakefield district to put down their roots.
A key player in the Leeds City Region, Wakefield is described by many as being at the heart of the UK as well as the heart of Yorkshire. Wakefield benefits from unrivalled connectivity thanks to its position between three major motorway networks, the M1, A1 and M62, linking the country North to South and East to West. In addition, the district also sits on the West-European Economic Corridor, linking businesses directly to the continent and beyond by air and sea as well as the East Coast Mainline connecting Wakefield to Leeds in 15 minutes and London in around 2 hours.
J40 of M1
Silkwood Park is situated on Junction 40 of the M1 in an extremely prominent location being a flagship business park in West Yorkshire and is located only a short distance from the intersection of the M62 which means it is in a strategic location for access throughout the North of England.
This greenfield development on 98 acre site offers units suitable for Advanced Manufacturing from approx 30,000 sq ft to 109,000 sq.ft. and there is currently land remaining on site for development. There is also a number of high specification office units also readily available for occupation.
The scheme is a mixed-use development and also offers amenities such as a hotel, pub/restaurant and gym.
Wakefield Hub is a new prime industrial/distribution development at Junction 30 of the M62 motorway, the primary TransPennine route around 1 mile from Junction 29 and 7 miles from Junction 33, the intersections with the M1 and the A1m respectively.
The development extends to around 200 acres and can accommodate up to 1 million sq ft of space, with bespoke design and build opportunities to suit tenant requirements.
The site has excellent power and labour supplies making it ideal for manufacturing uses. Wakefield Hub will comprise a new high-quality development of bespoke units built to an institutional standard.
With a unit already constructed on-site for Newcold Limited with 42 metre eaves, occupiers will benefit from the ability to design unique buildings based on a flexible specification.
J33 - M62
Mountpark Ferrybridge is strategically positioned for the national road network situated at the intersection of J33 M62 and A1(M), benefitting from strong demographics and proximity to major northern conurbations.
The site's previous use as a Power Station makes the development a good potential location for advanced manufacturing occupiers with high energy requirements. The site totals 110 acres (45 ha) and can accommodate facilities over 110,000 sq ft (10,219 sq m).
J31 - M62
Havertop Lane is a site accessed via Junction 31 of the M62 in the manufacturing hub of Normanton which is already home to major occupiers including Asda- Walmart, United Autosport, Bosch and ITT Industries. Earmarked for employment in the Wakefield District Local Plan with likely land class uses of Business Offices, General Industrial and Storage or Distribution. Outlined for planning approval are 11 new industrial units ranging from 20,000 sq ft (1,858 sq m) to 60,000 sq ft (5,574 sq m) providing a total floor space of 527,754 sq ft (49,028 sq m) with 525 car parking spaces and could create around 992 jobs.
J39 Broad Cut Farm
J39 - M1
A potential development site included in the emerging Wakefield District Local Plan 2036 as a Special Policy Area. Situated at Junction 39 of the M1 motorway in Wakefield, approximately two miles from the city centre and 15 miles to the south of Leeds, the location also offers direct access to Leeds and Sheffield and the M62 motorway. The adjacent Calder Office Park site is also well served by public transport, has a regular bus service from the city centre and on-site amenities including hotel, pub, restaurants and car showrooms. A 100 acre (40 ha) on-site nature reserve also sits within Calder Park, creating an idyllic countryside working environment.
Switch comprises one of the largest Design and Build opportunities in north of England with full planning consent for warehouse and distribution accommodation. Located at junction 31 of the M62, Switch is within the well-established Wakefield Europort Business Park, and benefits form excellent links to the region, the rest of the UK and mainland Europe via road, rail and sea.
Already home to key occupiers such as Haribo, Royal Mail, Asda, Bibby and Warburtons, the site offers 22.8 acres providing a total floor space of 509,112 sq ft.
YORKSHIRE EMPLOYMENT HUB
This prime site totals over 380 acres (154 ha) and has capacity to accommodate multiple buildings with floorplates of over 1 million square foot (92,900 sq m). It is proposed for inward investment opportunities associated with Advanced Manufacturing, research and development, creative and digital sectors and e-commerce logistics including ancillary office facilities. The proximity to A1/M62 interchange offers excellent accessibility for supply chain and distribution activities.