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Glamping pod manufacturer builds bigger home in Knaresborough

A North Yorkshire company that was established just two years ago, has expanded into new premises at Hambleton Grove in Knaresborough.

Anthropods & Co Ltd has let the last remaining unit, taking 4,000 sq ft of space at the industrial and warehousing estate, which has seven units totalling around 35,000 sq ft.

Property consultancy Gent Visick let unit 6A at the estate to the company. Located less than four miles of the A1 (M) Motorway and half a mile from Knaresborough’s town centre, its accessibility was part of the appeal.

Jonathan Jacob, from Gent Visick, said: “Hambleton Grove is an established industrial estate with an attractive location very close to the A1(M) Motorway. It’s a fully secure site with a loading yard and generous parking provisions.

“This deal with Anthropods is the latest of six lettings on Hambleton Grove since refurbishment works were undertaken there less than 12 months ago. We are delighted to say the estate is now fully let.”

Anthropods & Co Ltd employs six people and manufactures a range of glamping pods for country landowners and estates, wedding venues, hoteliers, glamping operators and aspiring BnB entrepreneurs in the UK, Europe and beyond.

The Anthropod concept was created by Rik Currie, an English industrial designer who designed the double-decker trains for Netherlands Railways. The range of micro dwellings and pods have a unique design and provide operators in the leisure market with sizes and designs to fit any brief.

Doug Adamson, executive chairman from Anthropods & Co Ltd, said: “Whether its farmers or landowners seeking to diversify, or an entrepreneurial small holder keen to exploit a plot of land, we are able to provide a stylish Anthropod to match their requirements.

“From our bigger base at Hambleton Grove we will manufacture and distribute more pods than ever before and anticipate an increase in orders as a result of staycations in the UK and increasing demand for self-contained holiday accommodation across much of Europe.

“Despite closing our workshop at the end of March until the middle of June due to Covid-19, we have been able to fulfil orders from across the UK and the Netherlands and respond to many more enquiries with confidence, as the new premises will allow us to increase our production.

“Our Anthropod Daddy Long Legs, which is a five-metre-high glamping pod that sleeps a family of four, remains one of our most popular pods, but all of our pods benefit from fabulous stand-out designs and innovative layouts.

“In addition to the leisure market, we have also experienced an increase in enquiries from homeowners for our Anthropod GO!, a stylish home office built from sustainable timber that requires no maintenance and uses recycled plastic bottles for insulation. As more people have transitioned to working from home, we expect these pods to increase in popularity and are currently recruiting for new employees to meet this demand.”

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