January 12, 2021 @ 12:42 by Steven Hugill
Development bosses have submitted fresh plans to bolster a County Durham industrial hub, which they say will create new jobs and investment.
Citrus Durham has presented a reserved matters application to Durham County Council to build the Evolution@Integra61 trading estate.
Officials say the endeavour [pictured left in an artist’s drawing] would add to the existing Integra61 development that already includes a huge Amazon warehouse off the A1 (M) near Bowburn, and feature 24 industrial units totalling more than 50,000sq ft.
If approved, bosses say they expect the first premises to be ready for occupation by the final quarter of this year, with agents Avison Young and Colliers International currently taking reservations.
Planned to include hubs ranging in size from 1,205sq ft to 4,625sq ft, officials say the buildings will “satisfy strong demand from local and regional occupiers seeking high-quality industrial /warehouse units in a prime location”.
David Cullingford, project lead for Integra 61 and Citrus Durham, said: “The creation of the smaller units makes Integra 61 a truly inclusive scheme, with wide ranging opportunities for businesses of all sizes.
“This further significant investment will generate yet more jobs and we are pleased to be able to support regional occupiers with their growth ambitions and be part of this unique project in County Durham.”
Danny Cramman, director at Avison Young, added: “Our research clearly demonstrates the regional need for these new units.
“They are ideally suited to local and regional businesses and crucially offer companies the opportunity to own their own premises, which is very rare in this size range.”
Already home to Amazon’s two million sq ft warehouse, the Integra61 development also includes a blueprint to create around 300 new homes, a 70-bed hotel, a family pub and restaurant, a nursery, car showrooms, a trade counter and retail units.