Har­worth mak­ing progress at site

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Har­worth Group, which spe­cialises in the regeneration of for­mer coal­field and other brown­field sites, said it is mak­ing good progress at the for­mer Kelling­ley Col­liery in North York­shire.

Hun­dreds of new jobs could be cre­ated on the site, bring­ing £200m of eco­nomic ben­e­fit to the re­gion.

HAR­WORTH GROUP, which spe­cialises in the regeneration of for­mer coal­field and other brown­field sites, said it is mak­ing good progress at the for­mer Kelling­ley Col­liery in North York­shire as it re­ported a strong first half.

The Rother­ham-based group has se­cured plan­ning con­sent for 1.45m square feet of em­ploy­ment space at the for­mer mine and said hun­dreds of new jobs could be cre­ated on the site, bring­ing £200m of eco­nomic ben­e­fit to the re­gion.

Kelling­ley, the last of the UK’s deep mines, closed in De­cem­ber 2015. Har­worth took con­trol of the site in March 2016 with an am­bi­tious 10-year plan to re­vive the area and cre­ate more jobs than the orig­i­nal mine of­fered.

Har­worth’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Owen Michael­son said the group is in dis­cus­sion with one ma­jor oc­cu­pier and hopes to com­plete a deal by the end of 2018.

“The re­de­vel­op­ment of Kelling­ley will re­de­ploy more peo­ple than when it was a col­liery. It em­ployed 700 peo­ple at the end. We only need to be half as suc­cess­ful as Waver­ley to achieve that,” he said.

Waver­ley refers to the Ad­vanced Man­u­fac­tur­ing Park (AMP) in Rother­ham, the site of the for­mer Or­g­reave Col­liery which now em­ploys 1,500 peo­ple.

Har­worth has signed up some high pro­file ten­ants in­clud­ing Rolls-Royce, Boe­ing and more re­cently McLaren Au­to­mo­tive, which is tak­ing a 20-year lease on a new 75,000 sq ft unit.

Mr Michael­son said these deals re­flect the strength of the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor in the North of Eng­land and the at­trac­tive­ness of the AMP to meet grow­ing de­mand.

“In the spring, we also an­nounced a new joint ven­ture with Drans­field Prop­er­ties, to de­liver a new re­tail, of­fice and leisure scheme at Waver­ley,” he said.

“A plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for a to­tal of 193,722 sq ft was submitted to Rother­ham Metropoli­tan Bor­ough Coun­cil in July and we hope to se­cure a full plan­ning con­sent dur­ing the sec­ond half.”

Har­worth tar­gets high qual­ity ten­ants in a bid to kick­start ar­eas that have been ne­glected fol­low­ing the the end of deep coal min­ing in Bri­tain.

“We are bring­ing new jobs to for­mer col­lieries. We go for high qual­ity users and con­vince them to start em­ploy­ing peo­ple again. We of­fer well lo­cated sites and qual­ity build­ings,” said Mr Michael­son.

The group said it is mak­ing good progress at Waver­ley.

“The steel is go­ing up on the McLaren fa­cil­ity and we’ve got plan­ning in for the next phase. A lot of con­struc­tion is go­ing on and we’re build­ing 200 houses a year,” said Mr Michael­son.

Around 750 homes have al­ready been built across the site at Waver­ley. Har­worth hopes that Kelling­ley will be of the same mag­ni­tude as Waver­ley.

“Kelling­ley is at­tract­ing multi-na­tional in­ter­est,” said Mr Michael­son. “We re­ally want to go for these high pro­file names. Big names bring in ad­di­tional in­vest­ment al­though the vast ma­jor­ity of ten­ants are SMEs.”

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