News - 05 April 2016

Derbyshire construction firms to complete largest Markham Vale Expansion to date

Six Derbyshire construction companies are getting involved with a major contract to create a new 480,000sq.ft distribution hub at Markham Vale Enterprise Zone (EZ).

Bowmer and Kirkland Ltd., based in Heage, Derbyshire, was awarded a £16.2million contract to build a new distribution centre at Markham Vale for logistics company Great Bear Distribution and aims to have it completed this summer. As part of this, it has enlisted the help of six Derbyshire construction companies to help provide construction, engineering, drainage, scaffolding and fire protection services. These are:

Markham Vale, located on the site of the former Seymour Colliery off junction 29a of the M1, is overseen by both the D2N2 and Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnerships. EZ status means that businesses who set up there can benefit from a new, state-of-the-art workspace, as well as possible tax and rate reductions. D2N2 is a partnership of business, local authorities, and skills and training providers which works to promote economic growth and create jobs in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. It also oversees the Nottingham and Derby EZ, which has sites at Infinity Park, Beeston and Boots.

D2N2 and Sheffield City Region are also both part-funding another piece of major infrastructure, which will effectively give Markham Vale its own motorway junction and ‘unlock’ areas of the site for further development. The £7.5million Seymour Link Road will provide motorway access to Markham Vale and is set to be completed by October of this year (2016). D2N2 is putting £2.52m into the road’s costs, with additional funding from Derbyshire County Council and the Sheffield City Region LEP.

David Ralph, D2N2 Chief Executive said:

“Developing Enterprise Zone sites is key to our economic ambitions and at the heart of D2N2’s Strategic Economic Plan, with its overarching ambition to create 55,000 new private sector jobs in key industries, over ten years.

“To that end we are not only investing in Markham Vale, which will benefit hugely from the Seymour Link Road to the M1, but also the Nottingham and Derby Enterprise Zone sites.”

Commenting at the start of works on the new distribution hub, Glenn Lindfield, CEO of Great Bear said:

“Markham Vale was a firm choice for our company in terms of location and the potential we saw in the site. The new logistics unit will become a vital hub in our operations due to the specification. This now brings our UK unit occupation to over 5,000,000 sq.ft.”

To find out more about the Nottingham and Derby Enterprise Zones, click here

For more information on the Markham Vale Enterprise Zone, click here

For more information on the Sheffield City Region LEP, click here

For more information on the above release, please contact Sam Burbage, Social Media and Marketing Officer at the D2N2 LEP on 01159 578254, or by email: sam.burbage@d2n2lep.org

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