Lindum has started work on a 50,000 sqft distribution warehouse at Sherburn2, the pioneering business park at Sherburn-in-Elmet, near Leeds.

Leading Yorkshire property company, Glentrool Estates Group, is transforming the 75-acre site at Junction 42 of the A1(M) into a first-class business and employment park. The £105 million development has the capacity to create 2,250 full time sustainable jobs.

Glentrool has pre-sold the first bespoke facility to Cromwell Polythene Ltd for £4.5 million.

Lindum Construction Manager Mike Glynn said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract and, while Glentrool is a new client for us, we have considerable expertise in delivering this kind of construction project.

“The warehouse, along with offices and associated car parking, will form the gateway to a much larger industrial development with an estimated construction value of £75m. It is exciting to be part of a project delivering such significant economic regeneration just 15 miles from our own Yorkshire offices at Elvington.

“We hope the successful completion of this unit will lead to a continued relationship with Glentrool as the rest of Sherburn2 is developed.”

Lindum’s Plant division has been onsite since Monday, January 14th and is using its high tech GPS excavating systems to prepare the ground for construction.

Director Tom Robertson said: “So far we have installed the site cabins and created a temporary haul road and landing area for the arrival and storage of construction materials. We are now beginning the site strip, which involves removing top soil and laying hardcore.

“We also have our bespoke site cabin in place which is equipped with satellite systems. All of Lindum's 22 tonne tracked excavators and D6 Dozers have the latest version of Trimble GPS equipment installed.

“The technology allows construction teams to complete fast and accurate excavations by programming the machine with the engineering drawings. Using links to up to 20 satellites, the Trimble system identifies the excavator’s precise location to within 2cm and then uses geometry to work out exactly where the digging blade of the machine’s bucket is. The systems saves Lindum – and its customers – time and money.”

Jeremy Nolan, a director of Glentrool, said: “This is a significant and proud time for us, after years of hard work and preparation our first building is going up.  It underlines the fact Sherburn2 is now open for business.

“We are delighted to welcome Cromwell Polythene Ltd, a flourishing local family-run business, to Sherburn2. We have worked closely with Cromwell over the past 12 months to ensure their building is perfect for them and provides a platform for growth for a secure and successful future.

“Glentrool take a hands-on approach with our customers.  Our own design team has guided Cromwell through the procurement process to provide them precisely with the building they need on commercial terms which work for both of us.

 “Cromwell’s high-quality facility features smart wrap-around offices and is at the gateway to Sherburn2. It is a great showcase for both Glentrool and Cromwell and will be ready for occupation in July,” said Mr Nolan.

James Lee, managing director of Cromwell Polythene, a leading supplier of recycled polythene and compostable film products, said: “We’re thrilled to see the construction phase of the project underway.  Our business has continued to grow throughout the development process and following a particularly busy 12 months we’re really looking forward to making use of the additional space. We’re confident that the new building will see us well placed for future success.”

Jeremy Nolan explained: “The Cromwell deal is pivotal as this demonstrates certainty of delivery for the market and other customers with whom we are currently working.  Until such time as we have a building and our first customer, we only have a field with planning permission, not a development site.”

“We have planning permission for 1.25m sqft with the opportunity to deliver manufacturing and distribution warehouses from 35,000sqft 1,000,000sqft.  The total infrastructure will cost £4.5 million with an additional £65 to £70m to be spent on building construction.

He added: “Selby District Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership have provided support to help to get this project off the ground. As momentum gathers pace at Sherburn2, we would like to thank them”.

The Leader of Selby District Council, Cllr Mark Crane, commented: “Leader of Selby District Council, Cllr Mark Crane, said, “Sherburn2 is a great example of business confidence in the Selby District and the creation of new opportunities for people living and working here.

“Cromwell’s expansion will support new jobs and help secure the existing jobs too.  The Council has supported Sherburn2 because of the new opportunities it brings to people living here and epitomises why Selby is a great place to do business.  We have fantastic road links to the rest of the UK and more affordable business space and housing compared to our big city neighbours.”

David Dickson, Chair of Infrastructure Board for the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership added: “It’s incredibly exciting the work is beginning on the new Cromwell Polythene building at Sherburn 2. The role of this site in Selby District is significant as it provides the capacity for growth for the medium to large industrial players, unrivalled connectivity across the region and nationally, and creates employment and opportunity for local people.”

The marketing agents for Sherburn2 are the Leeds offices of Colliers International and Carter Towler