A joint venture between Northumberland Estates and Highways England will see the construction of a brand new purpose built salting and gritting depot at Alnwick. Designed to service the A1 in the north of Northumberland, this project represents significant investment in the town and in the area.
Construction has now begun on the 2.9 acre site which is a part of the Lionheart Enterprise Park on the outskirts of the town. Ideally located adjacent to the A1, the project represents a total £3.5 million investment by Northumberland Estates. Highways England have also demonstrated long term commitment to the area in signing a long term lease and implementing plans to employ around 30 staff at the new site which is scheduled for completion in December 2017.
This marks the latest stage in the further development of the Lionheart Enterprise Park by Northumberland Estates where £1.2million of this spend will go on a new access road, public footpaths, street lighting, bus stops and drainage works. Works are also being undertaken to widen the existing A1068 highway in order to deal with additional traffic volumes.
The Lionheart Estate is prominently positioned on the eastern side of the A1 on the outskirts of Alnwick Town Centre and is already home to a wide range of companies including JT Dove, MKM, Blackshaws and Plumb Center.
Michael O’Driscoll, senior asset manager at Northumberland Estates said: “The infrastructure works will open up Lionheart to create a range of new development opportunities. The land is earmarked for employment uses and we envisage that there will be genuine demand for industrial, trade and motor trade uses.