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Castleford commercial development welcomes first tenants

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A £2.65 million commercial and retail development near Castleford has welcomed its first tenants.

Willowbridge Court has been developed by David Hopkinson Ltd, and covers a 2.32 acre site just half a mile from Junction 31 of the M621.

The build took six months and was undertaken by contractor HP Construction, based on plans by architects HTC Leeds. The site was previously a Hewdens Plant depot and the business remains based at the rear of the development.

The site consists of four commercial units, with three already let by agents Colliers and AWS to MKM Builders Merchants, One Stop and Vets for Pets.

One 5,000sq ft trade warehouse unit remains and is being let by agents AWS and Adrian Longstaff.

Legal work was conducted by a team at Shulmans solicitors, led by Simon Jackson, partner and head of the Commercial Property Unit.

Simon said:

“This was a complicated transaction involving many disciplines and specialist areas. It involved the commercial development team, Philip Morrison, the head of our construction team and Andrew Bradley from the banking team, who undertook the complicated banking arrangements with the existing funder, Santander.

“After organising the pre-let agreements with the occupiers, we then had to deal with the sales of the four elements of the retail park to three separate pension schemes.

“At the same time we also entered four separate development agreements for the construction of the units. We are delighted to now see the successful conclusion of the development, and tenants starting to take occupancy.”

Development and project manager Richard Weatherhead from Frontline Estates, said:

“We have been working on this development for the past 18-months, co-ordinating the various disciplines which make up a complex scheme of this nature.

“Luckily the process has been made easier by the great professional team involved but there are always issues to resolve along the way and our job is to work with tenants and the construction team to deliver the project on time and on budget for the client, which we achieved.”

The four units at Willowbridge Court
The four units at Willowbridge Court

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