Antrim Business Park on the market for £12.5m
A BUSINESS park in Antrim, close to one of Northern Ireland’s best-known retail schemes has gone on the market for £12.5m.
Antrim Business Park on Kilbegs Road, near The Junction, is a 30-acre site with an additional 44 acres of “development land” reads the property listing.
It is home to a range of units from 3,000 sq ft to 346,000 and currently benefits from rental income of just over £1.5m per annum.
Among the tenants on site are PHS, Kerrs Tyres and Brian Close Transport, with the anchor tenant and majority space user being Sports Direct and Heatons.
The site is described by property agents O’connor, Kennedy, Turtle as a “well established distribution and industrial location prominently situated in a highly accessible location just off the M2 motorway”.
The estate also provides secure warehousing space within a managed environment with security 24 hours a day and seven days per week as well as “significant asset management opportunities to drive rental tone and consider alternative uses in the future, subject to necessary planning consents”.
The remaining undeveloped lands adjacent to the business park, extend to 35.5 acres and are reported to be suitable for all forms of employment and industry, subject to planning.
Part of the site has “excellent future development potential with 8.2 acres zoned as ‘white land’ within the Antrim Area Plan”, reads the brochure while it adjoins a newly commenced housing development called Castlewater.
The Business Park is one mile from the M22 Motorway and its adjacent land users include an Asda superstore, a Tesco distribution centre as well as The Junction outlet.
The site is being sold as one lot, but comprises three separate elements including the Antrim Business Park, which occupies of 30 acres. Another 35.5 acres is comprised of a mix of zoned land and lands situated outside the development limit. Another 8.2 acres of zoned land is suitable for residential development, subject to planning.
The business park is currently let to nine tenants in units that are “a mix of modern and refurbished distribution, storage, light industrial and manufacturing accommodation”.
The other elements of the sales are ideally suited for development for employment and industry and a residential scheme, advises the estate agent brochure (subject to planning).
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Antrim Business Park is a 30 acre site with additional development land
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