More than 640,000 sq ft of premium industrial/warehouse accommodation across five units has reached “practical completion” at Integra 61, the £400m mixed-use development in Durham being developed by Citrus Group on J61 of the A1(M).
Located on the 205-acre Integra 61 site, the Connect project includes a 298,000 square foot, standalone, 50-foot-long high-bay storage unit, Connect 298, filling a critical gap in the historically low utility pipeline. An additional four units of high-quality industrial/warehouse accommodation ranging from 43,000 to 152,000 square feet are located adjacent to Connect 298 on an adjacent site centrally located in the Integra 61 project.
Sunrise Real Estate has agreed a forward financing agreement with Citrus in 2022 for the delivery of the units and GMI Construction has been appointed as contractor. Appointed agents Avison Young, CBRE and Colliers are marketing the new units to potential occupiers, responding to regional and national demand for high-quality industrial and warehouse accommodation in the North East, where supply is currently at a critical low.
The wider mixed-use project Integra 61, which is on track to create over 3,000 jobs and contribute £2 billion to the regional economy over 10 years, has received consent to deliver more than 3 million square feet of workspace in units from 1,200 m² as well as around 260 new apartments, a new hotel, a daycare center, drive-in restaurants, vehicle dealers and commercial counters/retail units.
The Connect units will complement the wide range of industrial capabilities at Integra 61, which is already home to Amazon’s 2 million square foot fulfillment center.
The street element is proving to be a huge success, with the Citrus team recently securing KFC, which will be opening a new drive-in alongside the recently opened drive-in branches of Greggs and Costa Coffee. There is strong interest in the remaining properties for a variety of uses including electric vehicle charging, counter service and self storage.
Bellway’s 91-unit residential development (Clarence Gate) is well underway to build a mix of modern three- and four-bedroom detached and semi-detached homes in the northern part of the project. This will improve on the largely completed first phase of 170 homes delivered by Persimmon, known as Millbeck Grange, where many homes are already occupied.
David Cullingford, Project Manager for Integra 61 and Citrus, said: “Delivering 640,000 square meters of brand new, high quality industrial accommodation to a market where there are critical gaps and where supply is difficult to meet is fantastic news and shows once again more why Integra is so important.” 61 has become a showcase project for the region.
“The North East industrial market is in good shape due to pent-up demand and therefore the Connect program will play a crucial role in creating more jobs and investment, both by attracting new tenants and supporting businesses already established in the area. to improve their areas.”
Cllr Amanda Hopgood, leader of Durham County Council, said: “Integra 61 provides opportunities to attract businesses to County Durham, creating thousands of high-quality jobs and boosting our local economy.” Supporting the development of such sites is a long-standing tradition for the council a priority.”