The transformation of a former brickworks site into a business and commercial hub has completed its first phase, delivering 46,000 sq ft of industrial and retail space at Vesuvius
It is hoped that the £16.5 million Vesuvius project in Sandy Lane, Worksop will eventually create almost 1000 new jobs and contribute £23 million per year to the area’s economy. Wider local benefits include apprenticeships, training and skills development and inward investment opportunities.
In 2019, supported by £4.48 million from the D2N2 LEP, a £5.5million package of works was put forward to create a new roundabout and access road opening up the site and making it easily accessible to the A60, A57, Worksop and its surrounds. As part of this work, the land was remediated to pave the way for redevelopment.
Property development and investment company, CEG, appointed Harris CM to deliver the multi-million pound scheme. The new phase comprises three flexible food and beverage units and 16 light industrial units. Subsequent phases will offer larger employment units including speculative as well as pre-let, design and build development.
The first pre-let was secured to Burger King which opened August, a further nine units have now completed with additional strong interest in the site from a wide range of businesses.
In 2020, ASDA opened a 70,000 sq ft foodstore and petrol filling station on the site and earlier this year, a 0.85 acre plot was sold to Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service for a new £3.4 million fire station and practice tower. More recently, planning permission was granted to Travis Perkins for a new builders merchants facility.
D2N2 LEP Interim CEO, Will Morlidge said: “The Vesuvius site represents an exciting landmark development for Worksop and the wider area, and we’re very proud to have supported it. The success of this phase of the development demonstrates a resurgent appetite for investment across north Nottinghamshire, supporting ambitions to rebuild and grow our economy.”
Cllr Jo White, Cabinet Member for Regeneration at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “Regenerating the Vesuvius site has been one of the Council’s big priorities over the last 10 years and more, so the delivery of this site is extremely welcome news. We have been working in partnership with CEG, D2N2 and other stakeholders and the site is achieving its promise of more jobs for local people and even more investment for Worksop and the wider North Notts area. The added bonus will be the improved emergency provision with a new Fire Station for Worksop.”
Lawrence Escott, Investment Manager from CEG said: “The quality of this first phase has set a high benchmark for the site. The development makes Vesuvius the prime industrial and business location in Worksop.
“The largest speculative scheme of this scale and quality in Worksop for many years, it demonstrates CEG’s and occupiers commitment to the town.
“We are also offering a wide variety of design and build space and have secured the first two deals with Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and Travis Perkins. With such a shortage of supply of well located, flexible accommodation we expect to announce more deals imminently.”