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Business leaders were told about “strong interest” for the latest industrial development set for completion on Aycliffe Business Park.

More than 70 delegates gathered for Aycliffe Business Park’s latest news and networking meeting, held at The Work Place.

Guests at the event heard from Geoff Hunton, the man largely credited with bringing Hitachi Rail to Newton Aycliffe.

Mr Hunton is director of Merchant Anglo, the company which developed the site now known as Merchant Park, a 65-acre development which is home to Hitachi’s huge facility which brought train manufacturing back to its native North-East.

He told attendees about Station Place, phase two of Merchant Park, a £4.8m scheme set to provide 50,000 sq ft of new industrial space to support new and expanding businesses in Newton Aycliffe and surrounding areas.

And while he admitted Brexit and Covid had delayed the development, the developers are seeing a rejuvenated demand for space, with the new units expected to be snapped up within three to six months.

All units at Station Place are grade A and built to a high-specification, with 37kva power supply, super-fast fibre optic broadband and capacity to install electric charging points.

Durham County Council is supporting the development of the industrial units at Station Place after agreeing to a 35-year-lease.

The units will be managed by Business Durham, the business support service of the council. The development is being delivered in partnership with Merchant Anglo and Rokeby Developments.

• Businesses interested in units at Station Place can contact Mark Convery at Sanderson Weatherall on 0191 269 0103 or email mark.convery@sw.co.uk. More details about Station Place are available at www.stationplace.co.uk.

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