Construction work has started to create four new speculative buildings as part of the latest expansion at an industrial estate.
The new units, being built at Thorp Arch Estate, near Wetherby, for estate owner, Rockspring Hanover Property Unit Trust, will extend the existing Ash Way development and will be ready for occupation at the end of January 2019.
The £3m build will total 48,000 sq ft, including a fifth unit of 15,000 sq ft which has been pre-let to wholesale confectionery business, Bon Bon’s. The company was founded in 2007 by general manager, Mark Rowntree, great grandson of confectionery entrepreneur Joseph Rowntree. Bon Bon’s first moved to Ash Way in 2014.
Of the remaining four speculative units, two will be 6,000 sq ft, one will be 9,000 sq ft and another at 12,000 sq ft.
Tim Munns, director of Wharfedale Property Management, which manages Thorp Arch Estate, said: “There is a considerable demand from businesses wishing to come here and the new Ash Way units will help meet this need.”
Mr Rowntree added: “The additional space will allow us to re-organise our operation.”