Henry Boot Developments and Derbyshire County Council are pleased to announce the completion of the first unit on Markham Vale North for major German car components manufacturer and supplier, Ferdinand Bilstein UK. The new national distribution hub totals 212,771 sq.ft on a 14.5 acre plot and has been purchased on a freehold basis.
The unit, completed to a high specification, is bespoke to the specific operational requirements of Ferdinand Bilstein UK. Delivered on time and in budget, the programme of works involved in-depth collaboration between Henry Boot Developments, Ferdinand Bilstein UK, Derbyshire County Council and appointed contractor Bowmer & Kirkland. Practical completion was achieved on 30 January 2017 with the distribution hub expected to become fully operational by January 2018 following an extensive fit-out.
The new facility will initially create 150 jobs with planned expansion providing a further 250 jobs in due course.
Vivienne Clements, Director at Henry Boot Developments, commented on the completion of the first scheme at Markham Vale North: “We are extremely pleased to have been able to deliver the first unit at Markham Vale North to Ferdinand Bilstein UK on programme and within budget. The unit is of an exceptionally high specification and will be utilised as a major national hub for the company.
“We strive to deliver high specification units at Markham Vale and have delivered yet another building to an occupier’s specific operational requirements. With further land currently in development at Markham Vale, we are excited by what 2017 holds for this flagship site.”
Paul Dodgson, Operations Director at Ferdinand Bilstein UK, commented: “We chose Markham Vale for its key location and immediate transport links which ultimately played a part in our decision to move here. We are very impressed with the delivery of the unit to our very specific requirements, both in the lead time and the specification, and Henry Boot have delivered on this for us.
“Once the facility is up and running, it will become a major national hub for our UK business, allowing us to deliver an even quicker and quality client service, with later collection times and next day deliveries. We look forward to moving some of our key business operations to Markham Vale.”
Leader of Derbyshire County Council and Cabinet Member for Strategic Policy, Economic Development and Budget, Councillor Anne Western said: “We’re delighted to hear that Ferdinand Bilstein UK is a step closer to opening their new base at Markham Vale, creating up to 400 new jobs over the next few years.
“The site continues to attract a range of businesses which shows great confidence in Derbyshire as an excellent place to live, work and invest. The firm is another fantastic edition to Markham’s growing network of businesses and we look forward to following their progress.”
Markham Vale has 40 acres of land available which can accommodate a range of units from 15,000 sq.ft to 200,000 sq.ft.