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Vision revealed at £100M logistics park - Symmetry Park

Vision revealed at £100M logistics park - Symmetry Park

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

National logistics developer, db symmetry, in partnership with Durham Cathedral, has exclusively unveiled how its new 2.1 million sq ft development in Darlington

will look when completed, bringing a major economic asset to the region.

The reveal comes as construction for Symmetry Park Darlington gathers pace with the steelwork already completed for the first phase of the £100 million logistics and distribution hub.   ISG Construction is main contractor for the 1.5 million sq ft building which is already pre-let on a 20-year lease to a world leading online retailer. The development is being funded by TRITAX Big Box REIT.

Symmetry Park, Darlington is a 90-acre site located on the A66, seven miles from Junction 57 of the A1 motorway and 20 miles from Tees Port.  Since acquiring the site last November db symmetry has secured planning consent for over 1.6 million sq ft of B1, B2 and B8 uses and intends to gain outline consent for a further 500,000 sq ft on the remaining 37 acres.

Last week db symmetry hosted an event in Newcastle to officially launch the scheme to North East agents representing the potential occupier market with a strong marketing drive to showcase the key attributes of the site in terms of specification and location.   With the potential to create around 3,500 new jobs and contribute £180 million to the regional economy Symmetry Park Darlington is a significant new asset for regional and national investment.

Speaking at the event, Andrew Dickman, Director at db symmetry said, “We are pleased to formally bring Symmetry Park Darlington to market as an exceptionally strong proposition to those seeking a base in the North East.  Having already pre-let a significant proportion of the site to a high calibre operator, we are in a strong position with funding in place and full site infrastructure construction underway.  We can offer bespoke design and build options from 50,000 sq ft to 500,000 sq ft and potential for roadside amenities in the form of a hotel, a petrol filling station, drive through, restaurants and offices.

Andrew Gent of Gent Visick said, ““Symmetry Park, Darlington has secured one of the most significant investments in the north east in recent times. The key driver for this investment being the availability of labour and the excellent road communications. The development can still offer an occupier a large-scale single footprint unit or can be built out in a series of smaller units from 50,000 sq ft.”

For more information on space avaialble at Symmetry Park and how Darlington can support your business, contact the Business Investment and Growth team on 01325 406305.

Darlington Business Week Success

Darlington Business Week Success

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Hundreds of local and regional businesses came along to the second annual Darlington Business Week,

 held across a range of venues in the town last month, arranged by the council’s business support team.

Networking breakfasts and workshops were on the cards as business owners and representatives took advantage of 16 free events that offered the chance to meet fellow business people and find out how they can access what’s on offer to help them grow and develop their company.

Highlights included a Business Summit, which saw business leaders and public figures get together to find out more about how, and where, more than 7,000 jobs will be created in Darlington over the next 18 years. The event also included research into how the borough can grow its professional, business and financial services sectors.

Advice on accessing grants, raising finance, legal issues, social media, marketing, financial planning and digital services were all on offer throughout the week. A wide range of partner organisations contributed, including the North East England Chamber of Commerce, Darlington Business Club and the Tees Engineering Network to ensure that as many sectors as possible were represented.

Charlotte Nicols, owner of Harvey & Hugo PR, a partner in Darlington Business Week said: “We were delighted to get involved in Darlington Business Week by both hosting two events and attending plenty of others. It’s wonderful that the town puts on such a week to support businesses and it was great to see the positive response from companies both in and outside of Darlington. I’m excited for what next year will bring as it keeps on getting bigger and better.”

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen presented a Business Growth and Funding event, where he shared details of the funding opportunities across the Tees Valley region through devolution money from central Government. The week was rounded off with a community litter pick, pie and a pint event hosted by Darlington Cares and sponsored by the Hole in the Wall pub.

Calder’s Kitchen owner Andrew Calder said: “I found the Going For Growth event really useful. As a small business that is rapidly growing, understanding where to find help and good advice about funding can be a minefield. It’s reassuring to know that there is a lot of support and good advice on our doorstep, here in Darlington. We’ll be sure to take advantage of this and work with the contacts we made on the night moving forward.”

One of the most popular events of the week was the Jobs Fair, held in the Dolphin Centre, which saw hundreds of people given the opportunity to meet prospective employers, hand in CVs and access support to develop their interviewing and CV writing skills.

Mark Carrigan, the council’s business investment manager, said: “The week was a great success with a fantastic exchange of ideas, advice, support and knowledge. Many thanks to our partners who hosted events and who helped make the week possible.

“There is a huge amount of support and advice available to businesses of all sizes, but finding a way through the maze of forms and regulations can be confusing and time consuming. Luckily, our team is on hand to help applicants find a way through to access the help on offer – practical as well as financial. All it takes is a call or an email and we’ll be there to help.”

Business support and advice is available through the year from the council’s business support team. Call 406305 or email business.support@darlington.gov.uk

Finance for Growth at Darlington Business Week

Finance for Growth at Darlington Business Week

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

ACCESSING grants and funding to enable local businesses to grow and develop will be the hot topic at an event on Thursday 11 October, from 3.30-6pm at Blackwell Grange Hotel, Darlington. Going for Business Growth – Grants and Finance, forms part of the second ever Darlington Business Week from Monday 8 – Friday 12 October. Hundreds of local business people have already signed up for a range of events and networking opportunities including a Business Summit Breakfast, Nerf Networking event, and a procurement workshop to help businesses learn how to tender for public sector contracts.

ACCESSING grants and funding to enable local businesses to grow and develop will be the hot topic at an event on Thursday 11 October, from 3.30-6pm at Blackwell Grange Hotel, Darlington.

Going for Business Growth – Grants and Finance, forms part of the second ever Darlington Business Week from Monday 8 – Friday 12 October. Hundreds of local business people have already signed up for a range of events and networking opportunities including a Business Summit Breakfast, Nerf Networking event, and a procurement workshop to help businesses learn how to tender for public sector contracts.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen will welcome guests to the Thursday event and present the range of different initiatives in the Tees Valley designed to support business growth, especially those linked to job creation and expansion into new markets.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “I’m looking forward to meeting a host of companies during the week. Creating jobs in Tees Valley, real jobs that can support families, means supporting small businesses as they grow. Our Business Compass Service is working flat out to reach out to small, growing firms and giving them the resources and confidence to scale up.”

Mark Carrigan, the council’s business investment manager, said: “We’re pleased to offer this session focussing on grants and finance during Darlington Business Week because there’s so much support out there for businesses of all sizes.

“The business support team at Darlington Borough Council are specialists in putting businesses in touch with the right organisations to help them get the right help and support to grow their company.

“The team offers an impartial service to all and can help businesses with funding and grants, as well as opening up doors to practical support such as information on available land or expansion opportunities.”

Local engineering firm, Ardmore Craig, successfully applied for business grants worth more than £30,000 to help with their expansion plans. The company has now settled into its new office in The Beehive at Lingfield Point, Darlington. In the past three months, the company has expanded both the size of its team and service offering, with staff growth of 25 per cent.

Andy Stevenson, director at Ardmore Craig said: “It’s been a really successful year for us. This funding means additional capacity to undertake larger scopes of work and to take on more clients as the business looks to grow. New business areas and our new company website will allow us to offer more efficient and cost effective services.”

The council’s Business Support team will be on hand at the event to offer their own localised expertise and advice. Representatives from the British Business bank, who look after the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, will also be on hand to offer advice to local businesses and those from across the Tees Valley.  

More details on Darlington Business Week are available from www.investindarlington.co.uk/events Tickets are free for every event but should be booked in advance to confirm numbers. The Business Support team are available to offer advice and support to businesses who can’t attend the event. They can be contacted on 01325 406305/ business.support@darlington.gov.uk

Hundreds of vacancies at Darlington Jobs Fair

Hundreds of vacancies at Darlington Jobs Fair

Thursday, September 27, 2018

MORE than 600 job opportunities will be on offer at the annual Darlington Jobs Fair, set to take place in the Dolphin Centre on Wednesday 10 October from 10am-3pm. The free event will give local people of all ages and experience the chance to find out what’s on offer in Darlington and beyond in terms of employment, training and business start-up, all under one roof.

MORE than 600 job opportunities will be on offer at the annual Darlington Jobs Fair, set to take place in the Dolphin Centre on Wednesday 10 October from 10am-3pm.

The free event will give local people of all ages and experience the chance to find out what’s on offer in Darlington and beyond in terms of employment, training and business start-up, all under one roof.

Among the 26 businesses already signed up to this year’s event and who have vacancies, or who will soon be recruiting for a range of roles, are: EE, Student Loans Company, HC1 Care providers, Deep Ocean, Darlington Borough Council, Allinsons Transport and Melton Mowbray Pies. Roles are on offer across a range of sectors, levels and contract types including full and part time, entry level and management positions.

Advice and support organisations already signed up include: Job Centre Plus, National Careers Service, TEDCO (self-employment support and advice), Morrisons Trust, who provide CV, interview skills and support, Routes to Work, Darlington Citizens Advice, Learning & Skills and Step Forward Tees Valley – a programme to help people overcome barriers to move into work or training.

The event follows on from the success of last year’s Fair which saw more than 1,000 people attend, some of whom were recruited on the day.

Councillor Chris McEwan, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for economy and regeneration, said: “Recruitment can be a very expensive process for any business. With this in mind, our business support team has once again decided to bring together those with vacancies and those looking for work under one roof to help fill mostly local jobs with local people.

“Whether you’re yet to take a first step on your career ladder or looking for a change of direction, or want extra training and qualifications; this event will have something for you…make a date in your diary and drop in.”

The recruitment fair is part of Darlington Business Week (Monday 8 - Friday 12 October) - offering a full programme of business based events aimed at encouraging Darlington businesses to network and find out more about the opportunities in Darlington and the Tees Valley. More details are at www.investindarlington.co.uk/events

Ground breaking work starts on Darlington's 94-acre Symmetry Park

Ground breaking work starts on Darlington's 94-acre Symmetry Park

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Work has now started on Darlington's latest business park - the 94-acre Symmetry Park

A ground-breaking ceremony has been held to mark work starting on a new business park on the outskirts of Darlington town centre.

The 94-acre Symmetry Park site on the East side of Darlington, will include more than 1.6 million sq ft of employment space.

Tritax Big Box has exchanged contracts for the development of a new logistics centre and Darlington Borough Council leader Bill Dixon and Ian Williams, Director for Economic Growth and Neighbourhood Services took part in the ceremony alongside Andrew Dickman, director at DB Symmetry.

Mr Dickman said, “There have been many months of collaboration with the local authority and stakeholders to create a scheme that will address the chronic shortage of modern logistics space to create tangible economic benefits to the region."

IAS Medical flying high with financial support

IAS Medical flying high with financial support

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A successful Darlington air ambulance company is aiming to spread its wings with the help of £350,000 investment from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.

A successful Darlington air ambulance company is aiming to spread its wings with the help of investment from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.

IAS Medical provides state-of-the-art global air ambulance patient repatriation services as well as providing air and ground support to the NHS transplant community and has a long-standing relationship with the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, regularly flying Specialist Transplant Surgical Teams and carrying time-critical organs for transplant.

The Darlington-headquartered firm has two aircraft based at Durham Tees Valley Airport, as well as a third at East Midlands Airport.

IAS Medical has now worked with fund management firm FW Capital to secure a £350,000 NPIF investment as part of implementing plans to further increase its global footprint and operational capacity.

IAS Medical’s current 35-strong team is expected to increase, with the company’s continued growth and expansion requiring the employment of additional aircrew, control room operations staff and administration support personnel.

In addition to its aircraft, IAS Medical has a fleet of six specialist Paediatric ambulances and is teamed with NECTAR, the North East Children's Transport and Retrieval Service to rapidly transport critically ill children to a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Mark Dodd, marketing manager at IAS Medical, says: “We have a well-established and respected brand that’s successfully working in a very specialised sector, and we have the experience, market knowledge and ambition to extend both what we do and where we work.

"The further operational development, continued growth and expansion of IAS Medical will undoubtedly contribute to the creation of new employment opportunities in the Tees Valley and further afield.

"FW Capital's position in the region was important to us when we explored the options for generating development capital and the FW Capital team provided excellent support to secure the investment.

Keith Barnes, investment executive at FW Capital, said: "IAS Medical has a strong track record stretching back over a decade and the management team's plans for further extending its operations are extremely impressive."

Grant Peggie, Director at British Business Bank, said: “IAS is a growing business that provides expert air ambulance services to a number of leading health organisations including the NHS, BUPA and the UK government. We are delighted that NPIF is supporting another Tees Valley company and having a positive impact creating jobs in the North of England.”

For more information on how Darlington businesses can access business support and grants for growth, contact the Invest in Darlington team on 01325 406305.

Huge warehousing letting at Lingfield Point in Darlington

Huge warehousing letting at Lingfield Point in Darlington

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

A new warehousing deal has seen 132,000 sqft of space taken at Lingfield Point.

The three year agreement with Premofab brings another new customer to one of Darlington's largest business parks and the business will use the space for storage and will join the 60+ businesses now based at the site and follows the 76,000sqft letting to Magnet.  

Lingfield Point is part of the strategic Eastern Growth zone of Darlington covering 583 acres of employment land and provides the perfect location for growth with great accessibility to the national transport network - whether road, rail, sea or air. Darlington has a diverse range of sites available that are capable of providing large scale warehouses with high bays, clear spans and dock loading facilities with industrial rents lower than the national average.

For more information on site and land availability across Darlington, please contact the Invest in Darlington team on 01325 406305 or click on the following link http://www.investindarlington.co.uk/growth-zones/eastern-growth-zone/

 Plans for new town centre office development to go on show

Plans for new town centre office development to go on show

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Darlington residents and businesses are invited to have their say on proposals for a new office development on the site of the former Beaumont Street East car park.

Darlington residents and businesses are invited to have their say on proposals for a new office development on the site of the former Beaumont Street East car park.
 

The proposed new offices, known as Feethams House, would provide Grade A accommodation over five storeys to satisfy future demand for prime offices space in the town centre.


Councillor Chris McEwan, cabinet member for economy and regeneration, said: “With a contemporary design and new landscaping and public realm, this development will be a significant regeneration scheme for the town.


“I’d encourage residents and business owners in the town to come along, find out more and have their say.”


Drop in sessions will take place in the reception area of the Dolphin Centre on Tuesday 8 May between 1pm and 5pm. Plans for the development will be on show and the designers will be on hand to answer any questions.


For those who cannot make the drop-in session, the proposals for the office block can be viewed online at www.darlington.gov.uk/feethamshouse/


All comments must be received by Sunday 20 May and will be considered by the council and designers as they finalise the scheme. The final plans will then be submitted as a formal planning application.


Please send any comments to capital.projectsoffice@darlington.gov.uk or by post to Head of Capital Projects and Design, 17 Allington Way, Darlington, DL1 4QB

Continued development of Darlington's logistics offer announced

Continued development of Darlington's logistics offer announced

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

New business park could create 3,000 jobs on the East side of Darlington

Darlington have announced plans for the build of a new business park on the East side of the Borough – adding value to the town’s reputation as an industrial and logistics hub for the North East.

Plans have been submitted for the build of a new business park, known as Symmetry Park, on land to the east of Lingfield Point, which Darlington Borough Council say has the potential to create 3,000 jobs.

The business park, which will cover in excess of 94 acres, will feature more than 1.6 million sqft of employment space - the equivalent of around 25 football pitches.

Darlington MP Jenny Chapman described the development as a “game changer” for the area, whilst Darlington Borough Council leader Bill Dixon said the announcement proved the town was “open for business”.

Plans for a bus terminus, a 60-bed hotel and space for a pub and restaurant are also included for the business park, which will be accessed via an entrance point from Darlington’s eastern transport corridor. There will be enough space across the site to park 900 cars, 130 HGVs, 40 motorcycles and 100 bicycles.

Councillor Bill Dixon, Leader of Darlington Borough Council, said that the proposed new development was “absolutely fantastic news” for Darlington in coverage in the Northern Echo.

“This is hugely significant for Darlington – the jobs created will be high value jobs," he said.

“The jobs will go to local people – the size of the workforce means that is absolutely guaranteed.

Ms Chapman added: “It is good to see investors recognise Darlington as a great location to set up their business. This is a substantial development on a vacant site that has the capacity of providing thousands of jobs for local people - it has the potential to be a game changer for Darlington.

“Darlington is brilliantly located on the A1 and east coast mainline - it is a fantastic place to live and work.”

Cllr Dixon added: “We have already got long established businesses in the town, fantastic road and rail links, and it will be particularly good for the young people in Darlington.

Planning documents submitted about the development state: “Fundamentally, the proposal will result in significant investment in Morton Park and encourage sustainable economic growth in Darlington.

“It is considered that the proposed development could act as a stimulus to the local economy, creating significant new employment and associated economic benefit."

Simon Dixon, development director at DB symmetry, said: “There is a chronic shortage of high quality, strategically located storage and distribution schemes available in the North East.

"We will be liaising closely with all stakeholders to implement a masterplan which will sit well within the area."

The strategic Eastern Growth zone of Darlington covers 583 acres of employment land and provides businesses with the perfect location for growth – for more information on site availability across Darlington, please contact the Invest in Darlington team on 01325 406305 or click on the following link http://www.investindarlington.co.uk/growth-zones/eastern-growth-zone/

For original article, reproduced thanks to the Northern Echo, please click: here: http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/business/16068334.New_business_park_could_create_3_000_jobs_and_bring_international_retailer_to_Darlington/

National Horizons Centre will drive economic growth in STEM industries

National Horizons Centre will drive economic growth in STEM industries

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth has formally launched construction work on a new £22.3 million research, teaching and training facility set to drive growth in the regional and national bioscience industries.

The National Horizons Centre, which is being built by Wates Construction on behalf of Teesside University at Central Park in Darlington, will concentrate on developing the technical, innovation and management skills and knowledge needed for the sector to continue to grow and generate jobs and wealth in Tees Valley and the UK.

Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth Jake Berry joined Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen and Teesside University Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Professor Paul Croney to mark the start of the build programme, due to be completed in spring 2019.

The National Horizons Centre is being established to support the bioscience sector, which includes biologics, biomedical sciences, industrial biotechnology and digital.  It will play a key part in driving STEM skills and economic growth in the Tees Valley, through industry-focused education and training and collaborative research and innovation.

It has been financially supported by the Local Growth Fund, via the Tees Valley Combined Authority, and the European Regional Development Fund.  The Local Growth Fund contribution of £17.5m represents the single biggest investment by the fund in the Tees Valley.

The centre will house academics and business development staff from Teesside University, working in partnership with regional, national and international industry partners, including the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) and Fujifilm Diosynth, to provide specialist education and training for the current and future workforce, and to promote industry-focused innovation and research.

Its imaginative design includes an exciting blend of teaching, learning and collaboration spaces, together with hi-tech laboratories and a state-of-the-art computing suite.

Together with CPI’s adjacent National Biologics Manufacturing Centre and the University’s Centre for Professional and Executive Development (CPED), the centre will be at the heart of a cluster of excellence on Darlington’s Central Park.

Minister for the Northern Powerhouse Jake Berry said: “I was delighted to be here celebrating the start of the build of the National Horizons Centre today, which has received £17.5m government investment.

“This is the Northern Powerhouse in action because this Centre will not only be of regional importance but will be a nationally significant asset too.

“It will train our young people to become the scientists of the future and continue to drive forward the Tees Valley as a leader in research, science and innovation in the UK and the world.”

The £22.3 million investment in the National Horizons Centre is part of Teesside University’s ambitious campus masterplan, which will see £300 million spent over the next 10 years in transforming its estate to continue to provide an outstanding student and learning experience.

Professor Croney said: “The National Horizons Centre is the result of significant work with industry and our partners, to identify how best the bioscience sector can reach its full potential through provision of the right education, training and collaborative innovation. 

“A key priority of Teesside University is to help drive the knowledge economy, by growing the high-level skills base, building partnerships with industry and the professions, and creating graduates with the knowledge, aptitude and mindset to add real value to business.

“Our investment in The National Horizons Centre is an example of this in action. It will play a vital role, providing first-class facilities and programmes to grow knowledge and research in sectors that are set to transform the UK economy.”

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “This is the single biggest investment we have made so far. The new National Horizons Centre will be a beacon of all we are good at here in the Tees Valley.

“Our rich history of innovation, research and development is set to continue thanks to this state-of-the-art facility in Darlington. I’m pleased the Northern Powerhouse Minister has come up today to launch this exciting project.

“The new economy will be built on biologics and digital - key sectors we need to support. This massive £17.5million commitment is testament to the importance we have placed on securing jobs for the future.

“Helping Teesside University to achieve academic excellence is a major strand of my wider education and training plans. I look forward to continuing to work with the university and its partners as they deliver the high-quality skills training needed to build a Tees Valley fit for the future.”

Councillor Bill Dixon, Leader of Darlington Borough Council, said: “Darlington Central Park is one of our flagship developments, where business, residential and learning sit side by side.

“We are particularly excited to see the National Horizons Centre complement the National Biologics Centre and our own Business Central, which both opened in 2014, to create a place where science and innovation can flourish.

“STEM skills are top of the agenda and this first class facility will give our young people fantastic training opportunities in the future.”

Paul Dodsworth, Business Unit Director for Wates Construction Yorkshire and North East, commented: “As a national company with a Darlington office, we welcome this huge investment in the local area, and we are honoured that Wates is to play such a pivotal role in this landmark project for both the Tees Valley region and the bioscience sector across the UK. Our excellent North East team is in place to deliver the National Horizons Centre, and we look forward to working closely with our partners on what is set to be a fascinating project for all involved.”

Kirsty Thirwell, Chief Executive at Aura, who are providing quantity surveying services on the project, said: “Aura has successfully supported the University on a number of projects over the last five years and we are delighted to have been chosen to work with them on such a prestigious initiative as the National Horizons Centre.”