Construction work in Leeds Enterprise Zone gets underway

Construction work in Leeds Enterprise Zone gets underwayWilton Developments announced that Yorkshire contracting firm Stainforth Construction has been appointed to deliver the £5 million Connex 45 development at Thornes Farm in the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone.

Situated on a four acre site close to the East Leeds Link Road, Connex 45 includes a 50,000 sq ft and 30,000 sq ft manufacturing and logistics buildings in the Leeds Aire Valley.

A £670,000 grant was awarded to Wilton to contribute towards their delivery, secured by Leeds City Council from the Government’s ‘Building Foundations for Growth’ fund.

Jason Stowe from Wilton Developments said: “This is a Yorkshire success story as the grant funds are not only kick-starting the first speculative built industrial scheme of this scale in many years, but are enabling a Yorkshire developer, Yorkshire design team and a Yorkshire contractor to deliver this important project for the Leeds City Region.”

Stainforth Construction will start on site on 20th October and are expected to complete the project by July 2015.

Cllr Richard Lewis from Leeds City Council said: “The Council has worked proactively with developers to get development moving in the enterprise zone.

“Today’s news is a significant step forward in realising the potential of the enterprise zone to create jobs and become a major driver of growth for the economy of Leeds and the city region.

“It’s good news too that a Yorkshire contractor has been selected to build the two units at Connex 45. It means the full benefit of the grant funding will be felt within the local economy, with a Yorkshire-based team of developer, building contractor and consultants delivering first class business premises in what is set to become the region’s premier business location.”