A JOBS-BOOSTING new industrial development is being planned in Hartlepool.
Work starts today on a project to build more than 2,000 square metres of units at the Queens Meadow Business Park.
Experts predict it will create more than 50 new jobs as well as employment in the supply chain.
Coun Robbie Payne, chairman of Hartlepool Borough Council’s regeneration services committee, said: “This is a very welcome investment for Queens Meadow Business Park and excellent news for Hartlepool.
“Since Queens Meadow was designated enterprise zone status 18 months ago, new companies have been attracted and several others have expanded, creating an extra 130 jobs.”
The work comes thanks to a £3m investment by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). Coun Payne added: “We are now at almost full occupancy at Queens Meadow so the timing is perfect for the HCA to announce it will be providing additional business units.”
The development will also ensure that Cleveland Fire and Rescue can expand and develop their existing headquarters to provide a better service to local people.
The HCA development will provide new industrial space available on flexible leasing terms. The Business Park is in an enterprise zone, so the tenants could get business rate relief if they are moving into or expanding in the area.
The HCA has appointed Meldrum Construction to build the units which should be complete by the summer. Queens Meadow is one of eight key sites identified in the Hartlepool Vision – a new blueprint to revitalise the town.
Marie Kiddell, area manager at the Homes and Communities Agency said: “This development has only been possible because the HCA has directly invested in Queens Meadow in order to quickly solve the acute shortage of light industrial units available in Hartlepool. “The HCA has only recently taken ownership of the whole of the site and we see the development as boost to our future plans for the area.”
Meldrum Construction will employ local people on the site, including some of the nine apprentices who are already training.
Managing director Dave Meldrum said he was “keen to develop our work force and see the development of young individuals in this industry”.