Construction Underway for £80m Industrial Development

Construction Underway for £80m Industrial Development

15 March 2022

Construction is underway for the first phase of a job-creating £80m industrial development in Sunderland.

Stage one of the development, at Legal & General backed Hillthorn Business Park, will create seven of the 10 buildings that will be at the site once fully completed.

GMI Construction Group has been appointed principal contractor for the scheme which looks to create 620,000 sq ft of industrial and advanced manufacturing space close to Nissan. It is also expected to create 1,600 new jobs in Sunderland.

The development is being funded, procured and created by Legal & General’s Industrial Property Investment Fund, and is already being marketed to a range of occupiers.

It marks the investor’s second commitment in the area, with £100m currently being injected into Riverside Sunderland. 

Hillthorn complements the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP) and Turbine Business Park, which is also the chosen location of a range of advanced manufacturing businesses. Collectively, the sites will position Sunderland at the heart of advanced manufacturing in the UK.

Cllr Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “This is a strategically significant site, that is superbly positioned and will ensure that the city unlocks its potential as a hub for advanced manufacturing. It builds on the fantastic relationship we have formed with Legal & General and will allow us to create many more high-quality jobs for local people, and opportunities for local businesses as we move through the construction phase of this project.”

Gary Oates, GMI Construction Group’s North East operations director, added: “We are delighted to have been appointed as principal contractor on a project that is designed to bring jobs and prosperity to the area by creating the necessary facilities and infrastructure.

“We are also committed to maximising the benefit to the local economy by using local suppliers and subcontractors whenever possible.”

Paul Edwards, head of asset management for Legal & General Investment Management Real Assets, said: “Sunderland is a city undergoing rapid transformation and we’re delighted to be playing a role in accelerating that, through investments like this that will deliver more and better jobs for the area, stimulating more investment in the city.”