Airport logistics hub could create thousands of jobs.
Centre projected to bring in £1.94bn for the region
A plan to create more than 5,300 jobs across a 3.5m sq ft logistics hub at Doncaster Sheffield Airport has been revealed.
As part of the airport’s wider site, Aero Centre Yorkshire, a proposal for up to 325,160 sq m of state-of-the-art logistics and advanced manufacturing space, with supporting infrastructure will be submitted today.
The development will provide 5,300 jobs once fully operational, with a long-term cumulative economic impact of up to £1.94bn.
The site has the potential to make a major contribution towards the growth ambitions of Doncaster and the wider Sheffield City Region.
The logistics hub proposal is part of an ambitious masterplan from the airport as its strives to become a major international transport hub with its own East Coast Mainline railway station and the capacity to provide air travel to more than 25 million people. The major employment site could also be served by the proposed railway station at DSA connected to the East Coast Mainline. Robert Hough, Peel Group main board member and chairman of Peel Airports, said: “This proposed development is further evidence of our delivering on our vision for DSA and Aero Centre Yorkshire.
“It will be an integral part of the aviation led economic cluster we are developing around our fast growing airport, with Aero Centre Yorkshire acting as one of the main drivers of the Sheffield City Region’s developing Global Innovation Corridor.
“With direct motorway access, a vibrant regional skills base, high-quality land, international connectivity, and the region’s world-renowned research and innovation strengths, we are confident this is a proposition that will attract yet more significant global brands into the Global Innovation Corridor and support the continued growth of the airport.”
The application has been progressed in direct response to the growing market need for largescale regional logistics and manufacturing sites and the continued growth in e-commerce. A report from Sheffield based Commercial Property Partners which accompanied the application, concludes there is a clear deficiency in logistics capacity in Doncaster with only five months’ supply of existing stock available within the local market.
The development is expected to be delivered in phases and be fully occupied by 2025, creating at least 230 jobs during the construction period, with £300m invested in construction expenditure.
Named the ‘aerotropolis’ for the North of England that would generate 73,000 new jobs and hand a £3.2bn economic boost to the region over the next two decades. In addition to boosting passenger capacity, the airport wants to increase the volume of cargo it handles to 250,000 tonnes a year and host the construction of 8,500 new homes within its site.
Central to the expansion plan is to directly link the airport to London and Leeds with a newly-created railway station along the East Coast Mainline, a move it says will place close to nine million people, from the suburbs of the London northwards, within 90 minutes of the airport.
In 2017, Aero Centre Yorkshire was selected as part of the Government’s Northern Powerhouse Investment Portfolio, one of only 12 projects selected to help attract significant investment to the North.
The 1,600-acre site is already home to over 100 companies including 2 Excel Aviation, Cessna, Redline and Anglo World Cargo.
Peel is involved in a number of projects across the UK, including the intu Trafford Centre, Port Salford, Liverpool 2 and MediaCity UK.
The project team for the application included Fletcher Rae, AECOM, TTHC, Genecon, and Bickerdike Allen, along with planning consultancy Turleys.
It will be an integral part of aviation led economic cluster.
SHAKE ON IT:Jonathan Spruce of Transport For The North with Robert Hough CBE, chairman of Peel Airports.