Thursday, January 21, 2010

News: Finnegan secures planning permission for Laycast scheme


Sheffield based contractor and developer JF Finnegan has secured planning permission to develop a major mixed use scheme at the former Laycast Foundry Works at Woodhouse Mill, Rotherham.

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council has granted outline planning approval for the development of five industrial units with associated office space totalling 196,030sq ft, 270 car parking spaces, three office units totalling 37,500sq ft in addition to a 60 bed hotel, pub and restaurant.

The 15 acre site, which is accessed from Sheffield Road, was occupied by Laycast until the organisation's operations closed in 2006. JF Finnegan established a joint venture partnership with site owners AF Europe in 2007 and the empty buildings were subsequently demolished during 2008. The new development is intended to generate employment opportunities for the locality and to breathe new life into the redundant site.

JF Finnegan will start on site at the end of January undertaking the remediation works to prepare the land for development.

Nick Gillott, design and build manager for JF Finnegan, said; "The planning approval has facilitated the redevelopment of one of the most strategic sites in the area. The large site lends itself well to a mix of uses due to its scale and pivotal location, which is easily accessible via the M1 Motorway from J31 to the east and J33 via the Sheffield Parkway to the north; it also has good public transport links.

"A unique feature of the site is its immense power availability, 12MVa, which is as a result of the site's historic usage.

"We will shortly be beginning the site remediation and the highways access works which we anticipate will take until the last quarter of 2010, following which the land will be ready to accommodate occupiers. Working on a typical construction schedule, we could have buildings operational on site in mid 2011."

JF Finnegan has appointed GVA Grimley and Crossland Otter Hunt as agents on the scheme. David Crossland, Partner at the Sheffield office of Crossland Offer Hunt, said: "The Laycast site presents an excellent opportunity for a broad range of occupiers seeking highly accessible, bespoke operations which can be tailor-made to suit their needs.

"The power capabilities of the site will undoubtedly be a major selling factor for organisations such as data companies whose operations could be facilitated quickly and smoothly. Now that the planning has been secured we will be handling enquiries from interested parties."

JF Finnegan website

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