Tails wag as £3.5m business park welcomes first tenants
VETS SHOW VERSATILITY: Developer Tony Bramall, second left, welcomes Peter Dixon and Phillip Mutondo, owners of the Wolds Veterinary Clinic, to Hewitts Business Park, Altyre Way, Humberston. Also pictured are Lawrence Brown, left, and Duncan Willey, righ
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 25 Oct 2017
THE developer behind a new North East Lincolnshire office park joined agents in welcoming the first tenant on site.
Tony Bramall’s eponymous firm has brought forward Hewitts Business Park, having bought the land off Altyre Way when he owned the Grimsby Audi dealership back in 2006.
Now, 11 years on, and having sold the dealership to JCT600, and another parcel of land to create the Nissan dealership, the £3.5 million development has been realised.
And first to take advantage of the location offering easy access to a large residential population, is Wold Veterinary Clinic.
Mr Bramall said: “At the time, taking advice from agents, we were told there was big demand for office space. We got planning permission in 2012 and have developed the site, starting in 2015. It took 20 months to finish, and what we have are six self-contained office units of about 2,650 sq ft each, and a seventh of 5,800 sq ft.
“All have their own front door and would suit the professional user. We have one now occupied and another hopefully will soon come to fruition, and we hope others will follow, and we are starting a marketing campaign now.”
Wold underlines the flexibility of the centre, transforming the open plan space into a ground floor featuring three consulting rooms, two surgery theatres, a preparation room, ultrasound room, kennels, x-ray room, and isolation ward.
Now, less than a month into operations on site, the team is looking to expand upstairs.
“We are looking at phase two now, we hope to put in a cat ward in, a lab and wash room, as well as bedrooms for when an animal requires critical care overnight,” said Dr Peter Dixon. “It is quite important that if an animal requires 24 care that we can provide that.
“We are very busy and we are very pleased with the response.”
Two qualified vets, two nurses, three reception staff and an animal care assistant are already employed, with a further animal care assistant and nurse being recruited.
“We have booked a Christmas party for 12,” Dr Dixon said with a smile, underlining the ambition.
New brochures have been prepared with schematics showing what lay-outs are achievable in the setting, known as Blossom Avenue.
Lawrence Brown, managing partner at Scotts, said: “Our thoughts were that there was a lack of quality business park accommodation in the area. We were aware of Europarc and the town centre, but were looking to develop in other locations.
“The working environment is very attractive, inside and out.”
Joint agent is PPH, with divisional director Duncan Willey driving home the first deal. Mr Willey said: “There was good office accommodation provision in the centre and the west of Grimsby, and the council-owned offices in Wilton Road enjoy strong occupancy.
“We recognise the increasing residential area here and people wanting offices closer to home.”
Available to rent or buy outright, it puts a further dimension on them.
“If an investor is looking to buy to then rent the property it is a good option,” Mr Willey said. “It is a new build, making it easy to repair and maintain, and the investment market remains fairly strong at the moment.”
Bramall holds further outline planning permission for 50 houses, 20 per cent of which are in the affordable bracket, for the final piece of the jigsaw. “We are trying to finish off the office element before we start on that,” Mr Bramall said. “During the next few months we will consider our options.”
Seven motor manufacturers are now located on the site, with those behind much of the development estimating upwards of £10 million to have been injected with all the recent additions, with Read Hyundai and Trenton also recent additions.