5,000 jobs could be created at huge business park by A63
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 20 Dec 2018
More than 5,000 jobs could be created at a business park near Hull.
Property developer Wykeland Group has bought more than 200 acres of land next to the existing Meltonwest Business Park – close to the A63 – and hopes to create a £200m site.
It would create one of Yorkshire’s biggest business parks, with thousands of jobs potentially up for grabs.
Dominic Gibbons, managing director at Wykeland, said: “This is our largest ever acquisition in terms of land area, so it’s a milestone deal for the business.
“The potential of Melton Park has been known to us for many years, so we are delighted that we have now been able to add it to our growing development pipeline.
The current Meltonwest Business Park employs more than 1,000 people. (Meehan Media & Comms)
“This acquisition creates a unique opportunity to capitalise on the success of Meltonwest and demonstrates our strong confidence in the region’s economy, particularly the manufacturing, warehousing and distribution sectors, for which the Melton site is ideal.
“We aim to develop the site over the next decade and we’re looking at the potential for some speculative development in 2019.”
The Meltonwest business park currently employs more than 1,000 people, and is home to big names including shower maker Kohler Mira, generator manufacturer Allam Marine and Heron Foods.
The new business park would be added onto the side of the current site, near Melton, creating a larger development.
Plans were also recently submitted to East Riding Council by Wykeland and Lister Group for a £10m Mercedes-Benz dealership at Meltonwest.
Dominic Gibbons, managing director at Wykeland Group. (Meehan Media & Comms)
The development land is zoned for industrial, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution uses and offers investors a prime location on the A63.
The presence of the woodland, which includes a section of the Wolds Way, offers the potential for recreational uses being incorporated within development of the site.
Mr Gibbons said: “Our intention is to work with partners to enhance the woodland area and create opportunities for workers across the expanded business park to use it for leisure and exercise, supporting the efforts of businesses based on site to promote employee wellbeing.”
Wykeland have said the plans to expand Meltonwest stem from demand from blue chip brands to join the thriving business community at the site.
The developer has a proven track record of delivering businesses parks.
It is the name behind the Bridgehead Business Park at Hessle, now home to companies including Victoria Plum, Rofin Sinar and Beal Homes.