Friday, October 10, 2014

News: Askey rolls out plans for expansion

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Historic Sheffield haulage firm, H Askey Transport Ltd, has unveiled plans to move into a purpose built depot in Dinnington, Rotherham.

A family run business set up in the late 1800's, Askey Transport provides anything from vans and small pick ups to low loaders and crane assisted vehicles for the domestic and European markets. It has grown consistently from the days of the horse and cart at Glass Tilt House, Loxley and has expanded into premises at Malin Bridge in 1946 and at Owlerton in 1988.

The next phase of growth sees plans submitted for a 10,000 sq ft depot on the site of the former colliery at Dinnington.

On a 1.75 acre plot between RiDO's Matrix business centre and The £60m Johnston Press facility on Nobel Way, the proposal for the new depot, drawn up by AXIS Architecture, includes a steel portal framed building incorporating storage for the transport business with access for two delivery vehicles, a service bay and ancillary office accommodation over two floors. 23 lorry parking bays are also proposed.

The plans state that the proposal will "support the ongoing regeneration of this area for business/general industry" and "will provide potential for employment for local people in much sought after modern facilities."

It is though that 35 staff will move across South Yorkshire with the plans stating that council officers had already "welcomed the prospect of the relocation of the depot and the prospect of job creation."

Work began in 2000 on the £14m reclamation project of Dinnington Colliery which saw the 85 hectare site eventually developed to provide areas for industrial, business and mixed use and large areas of Urban Green Space.

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) took over the responsibility for the remaining 17.56 hectares of employment development land on the site. It is the second phase of the regeneration of 34 hectares that has already created over 40,000 sq m of employment space.

The HCA took ownership of the site following the demise of Yorkshire Forward. It estimates that 620 jobs have been created so far and expects 2,408 jobs to be created as the scheme progresses.

Earlier this year, sites in Dinnington were added to the expanded Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone (EZ) that offers significant tax benefits to occupiers. Leading brownfield regeneration specialists, St Pauls Developments, is bringing forward the next phase of employment land at the site.

Askey Transport wesbite

Images: H Askey Transport

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