The three finished buildings are accompanied by the consented Big K plot. Credit: via Inform

Partners push on at Konect 62

As the 375,000 sq ft first phase reaches completion, Henderson Park and Cole Waterhouse have lodged plans for a further 800,000 sq ft at the Knottingley logistics development.

Built by McLaren Construction and designed by C4 Architects, three units comprising 161,000, 151,000 and 61,000 sq ft are now available to let alongside a 30-acre serviced plot, which has utilities and access in place.

This plot could accommodate a number of build-to-suit options including “Big K” a 735,000 sq ft unit, for which detailed consent was secured by developer Cole Waterhouse and its backer, London-headquartered private equity-property investor Henderson Park.

DTRE, Sixteen Real Estate and Savills are joint letting agents for Konect 62.

The phase two planning application proposes a further 802,000 sq ft of logistics and manufacturing space across units ranging in size from 4,000 sq ft to 375,000 sq ft, utilising low carbon building design and technology and targeting a BREEAM Excellent rating.

Additionally, within phase two there will be an electric vehicle charging station, which will be open to the public, and will form part of the new amenity area at the site entrance.

The developers said this will provide versatile accommodation and a new food and beverage offer for the park and surrounding area, with significant planting and seating. Consultation to inform phase two was carried out in summer 2023.

Konect 62 has been developed on the site of Kellingley Colliery which opened in 1959 and was the last deep mine in the UK when it closed in 2015. To the east of Wakefield, the development sits within four miles of both Junction 33 and 34 of the M62.

ESG is a focus at the scheme, said Henderson Park and Cole Waterhouse. Credit: via Inform Comms

David Nuttall, managing director of industrial & logistics at North West-based developer Cole Waterhouse, said:

“McLaren has delivered an excellent first phase at Konect 62; the three units and 30-acre plot set the tone for the remainder of the site and firmly establish Konect 62 as a genuine business location.

“Twelve months ago, the site was featureless, and all traces of the former mine had been cleared. The change today is dramatic, and it is now a first-rate logistics park offering a variety of exiting units and build-to suit opportunities.

“We want to capitalise on this work, hence the application for our second phase. This will transform the remainder of the site, delivering a range of units to complement phase one, providing additional linkages to the canal towpath and complete the amenity area.”

North Yorkshire Council’s executive member for open to business, Cllr Derek Bastiman, said: “I am delighted to see the first phase of Konect 62 completed which will create much needed employment opportunities.  The local economy has already benefitted enormously from their construction phase and we look forward to welcoming similar development to the county.

“This land now has a bright new future and will once again contribute to the economic prosperity of the Kellingley area.”

Gary Cramp, managing director of McLaren Construction Midlands and North, said: “The team and our sub-contractors have all done a great job and the build programme was delivered as planned to use predominantly local labour from the area.”

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