A 110,000 sq ft distribution unit at Denby Hall Business Park constructed for logistics firm Lockwood Haulage has been handed over to the business, with the developer responsible having committed to speculatively build further commercial space to meet demand in the region.

The purpose-built distribution centre at the Derbyshire park has reached practical completion with Belper-based Lockwood Haulage looking to take occupation this month, creating a number of new jobs as it embarks on its expansion plans.

Garner Holdings, the developer responsible for building the unit, has now committed to undertake further speculative development at the site immediately to aid employment in the area.

Neil Harris of Harris Lamb, sole agent for the business park, said: “We are delighted that we’re in a position to hand over this distribution centre to Lockwood. It’s a fantastic built-to-suit office and warehouse, and will allow the business to expand its operation, which is superb news for the region.

“Denby Hall Business Park has a reputation for being a premier, high-tech commercial location within the East Midlands, benefitting from high-specification office and industrial space with excellent logistics links.

“There has been a high demand for commercial property within the region for some time, and Denby Hall and Garner Holdings are responsive to that need. So much so, that over the next few months, Garner plans to speculatively build a 20,000 sq ft warehouse at the business park to encourage more firms to locate themselves in the region. 

“The past few years have seen a number of forward-thinking companies site themselves at the Park to establish a base for their international business, and its success within the East Midlands is second to none, and we’re confident given the number of enquiries about the site that we will have a number of interested parties keen to take on the new unit,” he said.

Construction on the new building is expected to start in August further to planning permission being obtained.