Airport business park expansion ready to take-off

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 22 Mar 2017

PLANS to get the next phase of Humberside Airport Business Park off the ground have been outlined.

Commercial property specialists have been appointed, with a clear plan of how the 42 acres site could be developed.

More than 30 businesses are now located in the 17 hectares, and recent development activity includes the £5 million BAE Systems national training academy, the construction of a £7 million 100-bed Hampton by Hilton hotel due to open this year, as well as an improved airport entrance road system.

Deborah Zost (pictured left), Humberside Airport’s managing director, said: “Humberside Airport Business Park is perfectly located for local, regional and international business. The airport is the gateway to the region and as it is part of the Humber Enterprise Zone, businesses locating here enjoy benefits and incentives, including business rate discounts, simplified planning and superfast broadband. We’re located close to the motorway network giving businesses access to 75 per cent of UK manufacturing within a four-hour drive. This, along with the range of worldwide destinations available through the airport, has played a vital role in the growth of the airport-based business park.” 

The airport has appointed pan-Humber operator Clark Weightman and Mullenger Consulting, the eponymous brand of former managing director of Manchester Airports Group Property, Stephanie Mullenger, to take it forward. 

Manchester Airports Group is the former owner of Humberside, having sold it to resident airline Eastern Group in August 2012.

The business park, which has well established aviation sector companies as well as Henderson Insurance, RBP and Agrimin on site, offers land and development opportunities capable of supporting new commercial development from 5,000 up to 128,000 sq ft, including up to 29,000 sq ft of hangar space, 63,000 sq ft of office space and 128,000 sq ft of warehousing. Occupiers will have the chance to build premises alongside the 200,000 sq ft of existing commercial property at the business park.

​Humberside Airport has frequent scheduled flights to Amsterdam and Aberdeen, charter flights to sun destinations and regular offshore helicopter operations to North Sea installations, where offshore wind is likely to be a growth user.

Carl Bradley (pictured right), director at Clark Weightman, said: “I think if you have a business that is northern Lincolnshire / Humber orientated and you want a prestige location to set up a headquarters or manufacturing base, then the airport has a real pull. It ticks a lot of boxes, in terms of geography and transport links, and there is also the context of it being an exciting place to be. If you do travel internationally then it offers added value. It has a lot going for it.”

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