New jobs bonanza as sites aim to attract occupiers

JOBS and investment could soon be attracted to South Yorkshire, following the announcement that two significant sites are seeking occupiers.

For almost a century, the Crow Edge manufacturing site in South Yorkshire has provided jobs and training for local people. Part of the brownfield site has been placed on the market, and it could soon be home to a fast-growing business.

The land is owned by Wavin UK, which is a subsidiary of a global manufacturer of plastic and clayware pipes and fittings for land drainage.

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Wavin’s Hazlehead site at Crow Edge had been used for the manufacture of clay pipes and related products under the Hepworth brand.

Within Wavin’s 130-acre facility, a 50-acre site, including the manufacturing buildings, is now surplus to requirements.

The sale price depends on the buyer’s plans for the site.

Mike Haigh, of property consultancy Dove Haigh Phillips, who are the marketing agents for the site, said: “There has already been a good deal of interest in this opportunity to buy quality brownfield land on the border of South and West Yorkshire.

“It is superbly located, with swift access to key towns and cities like Sheffield, Barnsley and Huddersfield”.

Mr Haigh added: “The land is in a predominantly rural setting and there is potential for a wide variety of uses, subject to planning approval.

“Wavin will consider phased development proposals, if viable.”

The site is close to the Stocksbridge bypass and Woodhead trunk road, which links north Sheffield with the eastern fringe of Manchester.

Paul Taylor, the finance director for Wavin in the UK, said: “Wavin, and previously Hepworth, is proud of its long association with South Yorkshire.

“This will continue with its presence on the remaining part of the site, which has seen significant investment in recent years and will continue to be an important part of the business.”

It has also been revealed that the industrial agency team at CBRE Sheffield has been instructed by Inman Properties to market 2-4 Orgreave Place in the Dore House Industrial Estate in Handsworth, Sheffield.

The 54,125 sq ft warehouse unit is close to the M1 and Sheffield city centre.

Daniel Austin, the senior surveyor at CBRE Sheffield, said; “The area has attracted significant investment from companies including Rolls-Royce, AMRC, Liebherr and Dormer Tools so we are confident that 2-4 Orgreave will attract interest from some equally impressive companies.

“The accommodation is finished to a modern specification which means it will be attractive to potential tenants.”