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Phase One work commences on site

Trebor Developments, working in partnership with Burnley Borough Council, have commenced on site at the prestigious Vision Park site, Burnley.  Barnfield Construction has been selected by Trebor as main contractor and completion of Phase One, which includes starter units from 800 sq.ft and business workspace up to 10,000 sq ft, will complete in September 2017.

The Vision Park development has been supported by a £1.7m grant from the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which will see the complete site remediation and infrastructure for all phases implemented, with construction of Phase One workspace funded by Burnley Council to support the council’s objectives to bring forward hi-spec business space for start-ups and expansion space for growing businesses in key sectors.

Trebor are also promoting Phases Two and Three of Vision Park, for which the site is being prepared to allow quick implementation of occupiers’ requirements for office, industrial, hybrid and hi-tech manufacturing accommodation on a design to build basis from 10,000 sq ft to 35,000 sq ft.

Bob Tattrie, Managing Partner, for Trebor commented: “We are delighted to see the Vision Park site being built, which will establish the park as the premier employment location in Burnley, with its location next to UCLan and in close proximity to the town centre.  We expect strong occupier interest in the speculative units being built for Phase One and for the future phases at Vision Park.

Burnley Council Leader, Mark Townsend, said:  “Burnley Council has invested in the construction of Phase one workspace units to contribute to the economic growth of the borough and to help grow new and existing businesses leading to the  creation of new jobs in key growth sectors including hi-tech manufacturing and digital. The council investment forms part of our commercialisation strategy to generate new income streams.

“Burnley Council’s Business Support Team will be responsible for the day to day management of the business space in Phase One. The team are highly experienced in putting together tailored support solutions to meet the needs of individual businesses, working closely with businesses looking to relocate onto Vision Park to identify potential areas of support that will enable businesses to maximise their growth plans.“

Graham Cowley, Chair of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) Growth Deal Management Board, said: “When complete, Burnley Vision Park will provide a world-class location for advanced manufacturing and digital businesses. Its high-quality accommodation will be complemented by links with nearby UCLan and Burnley College, enabling it to offer cutting-edge skills and employment initiatives.

“The LEP is investing across Lancashire in major projects like this, designed to drive growth and create high value, high skilled jobs in important sectors of our economy. This is a key part of our ambitious growth strategy to transform the county’s economy over the next decade.”

For further details on the hi-spec workspace opportunities in Phase One, and the business support package offer, which includes access to a business mentor, access to the adjacent UCLan business support services and the use of Burnley College engineering facilities, contact Burnley Council’s Business Support Team on 01282 477206.

Trebor are represented by local agents, Trevor Dawson, and Manchester based agent GVA. Proposals are now available on a leasehold and freehold basis for Phase 1, 2 and 3.

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L/R James Webber (Barnfield Construction) and Bob Tattrie (Trebor Developments) join Cllr Mark Townsend (Leader of Burnley Council) with Graham Cowley (Chair of LEP’s Growth Deal Management Board), Daniel Rhodes (EC Harris) and Dan Labella of Fairhurst Design Group as they look over the plans for the new Vision Park.

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Phase one – Start on site, January 2017

Trebor Developments, working in partnership with Burnley Council, have exchanged contracts as developer to deliver the first phase of industrial development at the prestigious Vision Park site. Trebor have appointed Barnfield Construction Limited as their principal contractor to carry out the construction, with a start on site in January 2017 for completion in summer 2017.

The development will provide flexible, hi-spec, workspace units from 1,500 sqft to rent and larger business accommodation from 5,000 sqft to rent or purchase, the build contract will include site preparation and infrastructure works to service the balance of phases 2 and 3 at Vision Park in order to provide further office, industrial or hybrid accommodation on a design to suit basis, with accommodation from 10,000 sqft up to 35,000 sqft.

The Vision Park development has been partly funded by a grant from the Lancashire LEP, phase one will deliver high quality, yet flexible, accommodation that can meet a range of occupiers’ requirements.

Bob Tattrie, Managing Partner for Trebor, commented, “We are delighted to achieve the delivery stage of phase one which will establish Vision Park, Burnley, as the premium employment location in Burnley, with its location next to UCLan and in close proximity to the town centre.  We have also selected a local contractor with an excellent reputation to deliver the construction, this maximising the opportunity for local employment.  We are sure there will be strong occupier demand for the speculative built phase one accommodation and future phases at Vision Park”.

Burnley Council Leader, Mark Townsend, said: “I’m delighted to hear that our development partner Trebor has appointed Barnfield Construction for the Vision Park and that a start on site will be made early in the 2017.

“Burnley is becoming a regionally significant centre for advanced manufacturing and we are creating modern business environments to attract growing business in this sector, which will benefit from being based amongst businesses at the forefront of advanced manufacturing and digital industries. Vision Park will provide a unique offer to advanced manufacturing and digital industries that can connect to the unrivalled manufacturing and robotic technologies in the adjacent education campus.”

“Several blue chips companies have relocated to Burnley in the last couple of years. The town is being recognised as a go to place for business, with a ‘can do’ approach to supporting businesses. Hailed as a town with the best growth prospects in Lancashire by Experian, and a top 5 north west boom town set to thrive by the Estates Gazette, businesses are cottoning to Burnley’s potential and Vision Park will add to Burnley’s business infrastructure offer.”

Graham Cowley, Chair of the LEP’s Growth Deal Management Board, said: “The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal investment in Vision Park will help establish a key asset within Burnley’s advanced manufacturing and technology sector; a high-quality business park with leading edge facilities which will also complement skills and employment initiatives from neighbouring colleges. Supporting projects such as Vision Park is an essential part of the LEP’s wider programme to fuel economic growth across the county,  creating thousands of new high value, high skilled jobs in the process.”

Andrew Brown, Senior Estimator at Barnfield Construction Limited commented “We look forward to delivering another exciting project within Burnley. The project compliments the adjacent Burnley College building and provides the town with much needed high quality commercial/industrial premises from which Burnley can build on its economic success. The project develops brownfield land on a major arterial link to the town and is another example of Barnfield’s integral role in regenerating Pennine Lancashire.”

Trebor are represented by local agents, Trevor Dawson, and Manchester based agent GVA.  Enquiries are now being received on a leasehold and freehold basis.

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Estates Gazette Northern Powerhouse supplement 18th June 2016

BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME article in the Estates Gazette, 18.06.16

Local authorities will need to be bold if they want to bring in the companies that will regenerate their areas.  By Mark Smulian

If development projects stacked up financially in most of the North of England, there would be no need for a Northern Powerhouse.

The government’s initiative is there because of a chicken and egg situation – the scheme needs to accommodate the businesses that could regenerate localities are often not commercially viable, but without them, it will be hard to improve economies.

Future development in the Northern Powerhouse is more likely where local authorities are boldest about using their powers creatively to make projects happen.  Local authorities must act with financial responsibility but, unlike the private sector, they need not make a profit and can judge a project on its long-term contribution to the local economy.

After gaining a clutch of powers from central government making prudential borrowing easier, local authorities’ room for financial manoeuvre is now quite substantial.  This could help the market by creating a climate in which developers have more confidence to build, meaning more schemes get off the ground.

Ken Bishop, Manchester development and agency consultant at JLL, says councils have already stepped forward to get northern developments started.  “The biggest challenge currently facing the office market is the difficulty in obtaining finance for speculative development and this is seriously restricting the amount of new schemes being brought forward,” he says.

“The lack of development negatively affects the local authority’s regeneration aspirations and the ability to attract new occupiers.”

Options deployed by councils have included annuity leases, guarantees to purchase a building, and development loans.

“While these can transfer some development risk to the local authority, the benefits of increased employment and rates income make a measured risk worth taking,” says Ken Bishop.

He adds that restrictions on bank lending and investors’ general reluctance to forward fund speculative development mean it is likely that local authority support will be required for some time.

Councils are not there to bail out developers – their priority is their locality’s prosperity.  Sometimes though, their objectives will coincide and development supported by the public sector will create an environment where the private sector will become ready to invest.

Burnley takes the initiative

Burnley Borough Council will develop and manage small business spaces, having been unable to attract private finance for projects it considers to be economically vital.

Kate Ingram, Head of Regeneration and Planning at the Council, says: “We are supplying space that the development industry will not fund.”

Kate Ingram says there is a market for spaces of 5,000 sq ft or less in advanced manufacturing, engineering and digital.  She says: “We want to attract these firms to improve our economy, and they need space they can easily move in and out of.  Normal financiers will not touch these units, as they like to have an end user signed up.”

Under this model, the Council takes the financial risk and owns the buildings.  It will manage long-term lettings, with no agent involved; Kate Ingram is confident the Council has the expertise.

These small business spaces are part of Vision Park, a Trebor Developments project on a 5.5 acre town centre site.  Trebor’s masterplan was for industrial and office facilities, but the Council wanted the additional smaller units.

“There is no availability of such units in the area and no similar products have been developed for at least the last 10 years,” says Managing Partner Bob Tattrie.  “Institutional investors do not wish to invest in smaller schemes and also, given that there are a range of starter units, the covenant strength of the companies taking those units tends to be relatively weak and therefore does not represent institutional, long-term investment stability.”

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Trebor Developments and Burnley Borough Council commence Phase One of Vision Park

Leading commercial developer, Trebor Developments LLP, working in partnership with Burnley Borough Council, have announced the commencement of Phase One of Vision Park Burnley and site infrastructure, following the award to the partnership of infrastructure funding through the Lancashire LEP.

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Trebor Developments will be investing £1.7m of LEP funding in the infrastructure, bringing forward the 5.5 acre Vision Park site and will develop Phase One industrial starter units and grow on industrial space extending to 34,500 sq ft in total.  Phase One will be handed back to the Council on completion, for the Council to operate.

The scheme benefits from detailed planning consent and it is anticipated that commencement on site will proceed from Autumn 2016 for completion in Summer 2017.

Two further phases of development will be available at Vision Park, providing either office or industrial accommodation on each plot of up to 30,000 sq ft.

Bob Tattrie, Managing Partner of Trebor Developments, commented: “The securing of Lancashire LEP funding towards the infrastructure for the site is a milestone that will allow us to now bring forward Vision Park Burnley development on a viable basis.  Phase One will be delivered over the next 12 months and provide much needed employment accommodation within the area with units from 1,500 sq ft and fulfil a gap in the market which is not being brought forward through normal commercial development to provide start up space for SMEs”.

Burnley Council Leader, Mark Townsend said:  “This £1.7 million will enable us to get spades in the ground for the Vision Park.”

“Vision Park will provide a unique offer to advanced manufacturing and digital industries that can connect to the unrivalled manufacturing and robotic technologies in the adjacent education campus.”

“Burnley is becoming a regionally significant centre for advanced manufacturing and we are creating modern business environments to attract growing business in this sector, which will benefit from being based amongst businesses at the forefront of advanced manufacturing and digital industries.”

“Several blue chips companies have relocated to Burnley in the last couple of years. The town is being recognised as a go to place for business, with a ‘can do’ approach to support businesses. Hailed as a town with the best growth prospects in Lancashire by Experian, and a top 5 north west boom town set to thrive by the Estates Gazette, businesses are cottoning to Burnley’s potential and Vision Park will add to Burnley’s business development offer.

The partnership is behind improvements to junctions along the M65 as part of the Burnley and Pendle Growth Corridor.“

Trebor and Burnley’s joint agents for Vision Park are Trevor Dawson and Bilfinger GVA, end user specific design proposals are now available for phases Two and Three to meet specific occupier requirements.

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Trebor Developments Innovate

Trebor Developments are well known as an innovative developer, bringing forward a wide range of commercial developments, using their innovation to maximise the outputs from these developments.

As supporters of innovation, Trebor sponsored the Burnley Business Awards and specifically the award for the most innovative, local business and Bob Tattrie, Managing Partner at Trebor, was delighted to present the Innovation Award at a gala evening to Process Instruments (UK) Limited.  The evening was attended by over 500 guests and included a visit by an outstanding robot, which Burnley Borough Council had flown in from Hollywood Studios, who entertained the guests.

Trebor are working in partnership with Burnley Borough Council on the development of Vision Park Burnley, where Phase 1 is due to commence on site in early 2016 and will develop innovation/high tech business space for a wide range of business occupiers.

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Burnley Vision Park “Boom Town” feature in Estates Gazette, June 2015

David Thame of Estates Gazette North West Boom Towns feature on Burnley Vision Park, June 2015.  5 to thrive?

Which localities in the North West have got what it takes to become boom towns?  Factors such as skills, connectivity and access to knowledge could be the key to success.  David Thame asked two experts to assess the prospects of five plausible candidates

Manchester is probably booming.  Warrington might be booming soon.  Crewe could boom if things go its way.  The list of North West boom towns could be as long as you like, because there is not a town in the region that does not think it is made for success.  Yet, how many have a serious claim to be potential boom towns?  And how many are destined for disappointment, doomed to come out of the economic recovery no better off than they are today?

Analysts say the North West has some strong candidates for boom town status.  If “boom” means a local economy growing appreciably faster than the regional trend.  And they all have some powerful features in common.  According to John Swinney, senior economist at Centre for Cities, three criteria make for a boomy local business environment.

“The most important factor is skills.  Investment these days is all about people not property, and skills in the labour market is the big driver,” he says,

“Second is connectivity – do you have the right transport to jobs, and around the town, and links to the rest of the UK”

“Third is access to knowledge, meaning do you have knowledge-based businesses in the town already, a university, a knowledge community?  When you have that – and, for instance, central Manchester has all of those – then businesses want to be there, despite the high cost of property.  But skills are the main driver.  A town can have all the office blocks and development sites it likes, but if it hasn’t got a labour force with the right skills, then it won’t work.”

Among the long list of other things that do not help towns to boom are investing in culture, retail-led town centre development and new housebuilding, says Swinney.  “These are all consequences of a strong economy,” he says.

Simon Bedford, partner at Deloitte, does not see it quite like that – but there are substantial overlaps in his list of boom-town attributes.  Bedford says: “To grow above the regional trend, a town needs to yoke itself to an economic sector that is growing above trend.  Look at Burnley, for instance, which has allied itself to the aerospace supply chain sector, and is now doing quite well.”

So which towns will boom, and which will merely whimper?  Which towns are on the way up – and which are on the road to nowhere?  EG asked two experts – with their different perspectives – to assess live plausible candidates (all placings are according to EG).

Burnley

A wild card, some might think.  But think again, Burnley ranked in the UK’s top 10 for growth in private-sector jobs in 2014, and Experian says it has the best growth prospects in Lancashire.  A new rail link to Manchester will yoke the town into the Northern Powerhouse.  Council leader Mark Townsend says: “We’ve got universities we didn’t have before, we’re sorting transport to bring the markets closer to Burnley, and improving links to Manchester is a no-brainer, which has to boost the local economy.  We are growing our skills base and stopping it draining away to the big cities.”

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Vision Park – located next to the college campus – is a big hope.  The 45,000 sq ft first phase is completing next summer, with an innovation centre to follow.  It will total 100,000 sq ft, Bob Tattrie, Managing Partner at Trebor Developments, says: “Burnley is improving partly because Manchester is improving, but it has its own strengths.”

 

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Big Boost for Burnley vision Park

Press Release, 29th January 2015

Burnley Council and Trebor Developments has welcomed the news that Lancashire’s Local Enterprise Partnership will be investing £1.15m in the Burnley Vision Park development, which provides great opportunities for business to develop, focussing on advanced manufacturing and digital industries.

The development complements and builds on the unrivalled manufacturing and robotic technologies in the adjacent education campus, as well as offering superb centrally located office accommodation.

The investment comes through LEP’s Growth Deal with the Government, which will see an extra £17.2 million invested in Lancashire between 2016 and 2012.

Councillor Mark Townsend said ‘this is really positive news, and is a tribute to the work of the developers Trebor, the economic regeneration team at Burnley Council, and the Local Enterprise Partnership.

“The new development off Princess Way is just one of the new sites we have for employment in Burnley. Vision Park has just been granted detailed planning consent, so the wheels can now get turning for it to deliver a first class commercial environment which will meet all the expectations of potential new occupiers.

“Burnley is ranked 8th in the UK for high growth prospects, offers a diverse labour pool, good transport infrastructure, good value and local authority assistance, which has undoubtedly contributed to Burnley’s impressive occupier take-up in 2014, and we are confident Vision Park will be an attractive proposition to further new and existing businesses.”

Bob Tattrie, Managing Partner of Trebor Developments commented: “This is fantastic news and will allow us to be on site and start delivering the Vision Park development in 2015.  The proposed first phase will offer a range of sized units from 1,500 sq ft, which will meet local occupier needs.”

Trebor Developments is represented by GVA and Trevor Dawson, agents.  Further details of Vision Park are available at www.visionparkburnley.co.uk.

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Vision Park

Press Release 22nd January 2015

Trebor Developments, Commercial Developer of the Year, working in conjunction with Burnley Borough Council has announced detailed planning consent has been granted for all phases of the 5 acre Burnley Vision Park development, the most exciting development in Lancashire.

The consent allows for office, innovation and advanced manufacturing premises totalling over 100,000 sq ft of phased accommodation, with units from 1,000 sq ft up to 30,000 sq ft office headquarters being available at this prestigious development location.

Bob Tattrie, Managing Partner, for Trebor commented: “Working with our partners at Burnley Borough Council we have concluded the site master plan and obtained detailed planning consent in less than 12 months of our selection.  The site is now ready to deliver, having been prepared and with the planning in place.  Trebor’s fast track approach to deliver specific premises to occupiers needs will be very attractive.  We aim to commence works on the site during 2015.”

Burnley Council leader, Mark Townsend, commented “Vision Park will provide a unique offer to a range of businesses with a focus on advanced manufacturing and digital industries that can connect to unrivalled manufacturing and robotic technologies in the adjacent education campus, as well as superb centrally located office accommodation.”

“Burnley’s £800m investment in infrastructure, the creation of modern business environments to attract growing businesses, proactive business support environment and the award for Most Enterprising Area in the UK in 2013, saw an occupier take-up of a staggering 970,000 sq ft of new business space in 2014, bucking the national trend in occupier take-up rates.”

“Burnley’s Vision Park will deliver a superb commercial development which will tick all the requirement boxes of new occupiers.  Burnley is ranked 8th in the UK for high growth prospects, offers a diverse labour pool, good transports infrastructure, good value and local authority assistance, which had undoubtedly contributed to Burnley’s impressive occupier take-up in 2014, and we are confident Vision Park will be an attractive proposition to further new and existing businesses in 2015.”

Trebor Developments is represented by GVA and Trevor Dawson, agents.

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Visionary Commercial Development ‘Vision Park’ now launched

Press Release Thursday 19th June 2014

VISIONARY COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT ‘VISION PARK’ WAS LAUNCHED TODAY

‘Vision Park – Burnley Knowledge Quarter’ was described as the most exciting commercial development in the Lancashire Region

Trebor Developments LLP launched their visionary new advanced business park today. The hi-tech site, which sits at the heart of Burnley’s Knowledge Quarter, was unveiled under the brand name ‘Vision Park’.

The high quality 5 acre (2.02 hectare) development, providing high quality mixed-use business space was launched at an Investment & Property Breakfast, at the prestigious Bridgewater Hall venue in Manchester. The event was attended by businesses and property industry professionals from across the north-west region.

Vision Park is being targeted to the advanced manufacturing, digital and knowledge based industries. Its unique location within Burnley’s Knowledge Quarter, adjacent to the Burnley College and University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) education campus, will enable occupants moving onto Vision Park to take advantage of the knowledge transfer, skills, R&D in digital technologies and in particular the manufacturing and engineering excellence via the Centre of Engineering Excellence which is housed on the campus.

The park has been described as visionary, and one of the most exciting commercial developments in Lancashire because of the unique knowledge transfer opportunities and skills the site can offer.

Bob Tattrie, managing partner for Trebor Developments LLP, said: “We were delighted when Burnley Council selected Trebor as development partner for this site. The unique location made the site of particular interest to us, not only does it sit at the heart of the Knowledge Quarter, it also sits close to excellent transport links, and has stunning countryside views across to the famous Lancashire landmark Pendle Hill”.

“Burnley has a growing reputation as a centre for manufacturing excellence with several world class advanced manufacturing businesses located in the town, who work in partnership to promote the town’s superb infrastructure and the proactive business support environment. So companies looking at Vision Park would be in good company”.

“Phase I of the park will see the development of an  Innovation Centre, which will offer flexible space for advanced manufacturing, R&D and offices from 500 sq.ft. to 10,000 sq.ft. on flexible terms, allowing occupiers the opportunity to thrive in a high quality working environment with like-minded businesses.”

Steve Rumbelow, Burnley Council’s Chief Executive said: “ Vision Park will provide a unique offer to advanced manufacturing and digital industries that can connect to the unrivalled manufacturing and robotic technologies in the adjacent education campus.”

“Burnley is becoming a regionally significant centre for advanced manufacturing, and we are creating modern business environments to attract growing business in this sector, which will benefit from being based amongst businesses at the forefront of advanced manufacturing”.

“Just this week we have manufacturing experts speaking at the International Festival of Business Manufacturing Summit in Liverpool, who were invited to speak and share Burnley’s excellence in manufacturing, as well as telling delegates about the wider Burnley offer as a great place to live and work.”

Burnley Council Leader, Mark Townsend said: “I’m delighted we secured a national developer to take forward the Vision Park. Trebor delivers niche business parks across the UK including the successful Malvern Hills Science Park, and I’m confident they’ll deliver a superb commercial development here in Burnley.”

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