Barbour Take Additional Space at Bede Industrial Estate

We are pleased to confirm that J Barbour & Sons recently leased an additional 8,537 sq ft unit at Aidan Court, part of the Bede Industrial Estate in Jarrow taking their occupied space to over 370,000 sq ft on the site.

Originally established by John Barbour in 1894 in South Shields in the North East of England to provide outerwear to fishermen, sailors and mariners, to protect them from the worst of the British weather, today Barbour offers a complete wardrobe of clothes, accessories and footwear for men, women and children. Shirts, knitwear, trousers, footwear and accessories are now just as much in demand as Barbour’s iconic outerwear.

Joe Bernhoeft, Director at Barbour commented “As we bounce back from the pandemic, we’ve experienced a strong increase in demand for our products, particularly through many of our online channels. As this digital movement increases, we are investing in our capabilities and capacities to feed our digital channels with excellent quality Brand material and content. As such, we have worked with Northern Trust to expand and include a new dedicated Photo Studio, enhancing the clarity, quality, and relevance of our digital content for our customers. This exciting new step forward is a significant investment in technology and the expansion of our talented digital content team. We believe this will enable us to drive positive interactions and relationships with our consumers across the UK and global markets.”

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from left to right – Barry Nelson, Regional Property Director at Whittle Jones Welcomes Andrew Liddle, Facilities Manager at Barbour.

Northern Trust’s land ownership at Bede Industrial Estate extends to over 1 million sq ft, with 164,201 sq ft lettable space in 56 individual units with individual sizes ranging from just 495 sq ft.

Barry Nelson, Regional Property Director at Whittle Jones added “We have worked closely with Barbour for a number of years now on their occupational requirements; and are delighted we were able to provide the additional space they required to further their expansion plans. Having Barbour as an occupier on the site is a real plus for other businesses that are looking to relocate to the area.”

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New College Durham Open New Training Facility at Ashington

We are pleased to confirm that we have completed the letting of a 9,958 sq ft unit at our North Seaton Industrial Estate in Ashington to New College Durham.

The detached unit has been fully refurbished to include a new roof, windows, doors and office space and benefits from an enclosed yard and parking provision. New College Durham has completed the letting of the unit and is planning to open a new training facility at the site.

New College Durham is a high performing further and higher education college with a focus on skills contribution and development. It is the only college in the North East to have been awarded a ‘Strong’ skills rating by Ofsted, demonstrating the level of commitment to skills development in the region.

New College Durham provides programmes for young people, adult learning, apprenticeships, provision for learners with high needs and higher education delivered through the NCD University Centre. The new premises in Ashington will support the college’s vision to be one of the leading training and education providers in the North East, extending delivery north of the Tyne.

Colleen Peters, Vice Principal at New College Durham said: “New College Durham is delighted to be securing premises that will further enable our ongoing collaboration with the key stakeholders. Having a site in the area means we can make training and development even more accessible and available for North of the Tyne residents, and we can strengthen our networks with local employers in the region. We are excited to be creating our training portfolio, for delivery to commence in the near future.”

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Full House at Phase 2 Development at Gerards Park, St Helens

We are pleased to confirm that following completion of the new 35,773 sq ft industrial development in St Helens, in August last year, the estate is now fully occupied within 5 months of completion.

The phase two development at Gerards Park prominently situated on College Street, added 20 units to the popular scheme. The new units have been constructed to a high specification and are arranged in 3 separate terraced blocks with sizes ranging from 818 sq ft up to 2,900 sq ft.

The phase two development has been part funded by the Local Growth Fund. Local Growth Funding is awarded to the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and invested through the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority through its Strategic Investment Fund.

The new development sits alongside Northern Trust’s existing Gerards Park scheme which was developed back in 2012 and is actively managed by Northern Trust’s in house managing agents, Whittle Jones. In total Gerards Park now provides over 66,650 sq ft in 41 individual units.

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