The site at junction 34 of the A1(M) will be the first unit on the company’s 54-acre site which could see up to 721,000 sq ft of new floorspace.
The £60m first phase will also see infrastructure works completed. The Doncaster development will benefit from the current road improvement works ongoing at the Blyth/Bawtry Road Junction and the significant infrastructure works being undertaken by db symmetry, including the installation of full site services and a roundabout to the entrance of the site.
The Doncaster announcement is the latest in a string of speculative starts for db symmetry which now total over 800,000 sq ft. Sites in progress include Swindon, Middlewich, Banbury and Bicester.
According to Savills’ latest UK warehouse survey, this figure equates to one fifth of all the speculative development expected in the UK this year.
Simon Dixon, Development Director at db symmetry, commented: “With planning now secured, we are now out to tender and aim to appoint a contractor in the coming weeks.”
Robert Whatmuff, Director at Colliers International’s Leeds office, joint agents for the scheme with Savills and Dove Haigh Phillips, said: “The decision to spec build comes at a time when there is a strong level of demand but limited availability of Grade A stock.
The building has been designed with great flexibility, allowing the 150,000 sq ft building to be extended up to 250,000 sq ft. This design, coupled with full site infrastructure works, will enable us to quickly react to market requirements within that size bracket but also be poised to quickly deliver additional bespoke manufacturing/distribution space up to 600,000 sq. ft., with immediate access to a motorway junction.”