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150 more jobs expected at speculative business park development


Plans have been revealed for a new development at the Melton West business park, in East Yorkshire.Evolve @ Melton West will comprise two larger units of 37,000 sq ft and 22,000 sq ft and a terrace of five smaller units of 5,000 sq ft each, all available to let from early 2025.The development will form part of the wider Melton West site, off the A63 west of Hull, and will create a total of 84,000 sq ft of business space, to enable companies to grow and expand their operations.The £10m development is being delivered speculatively by commercial property developer Wykeland as the latest major investment at its Melton West site.Construction is expected to begin in May, with the new units due to be ready for occupation late in the first quarter of 2025.Wykeland development director, Jonathan Stubbs, said: “We’re delivering Evolve @ Melton West to provide much-needed modern space to meet the needs of growing businesses.“The market is telling us there is a shortage of high-quality facilities of this kind and a pent-up demand for them.“We are approached regularly by businesses looking for a new space to move into, to support their growth. Those companies are looking for facilities that are ready made, modern, energy efficient and fully fit for purpose.“The shortage of such facilities is stifling investment and growth within the region and that’s an issue that Evolve @ Melton West will help to address.”Cycle storage shelters will form part of the development, which will also feature planted green roofs, with fast electric vehicle charging also available for public use.The project will create almost 100 jobs during the construction phase, with employment for around 150 full-time equivalent positions once the facilities are occupied.Stubbs added: “Evolve @ Melton West will build on the huge success we have already seen at the wider business park, in both attracting major businesses to the region and retaining employment within the area.“We believe there will be strong demand for these units from businesses looking for modern facilities with excellent sustainability features at a location offering easy access to the regional and national road network.”Almost 2.5 million sq ft is already under construction at Melton West.This includes the development to accommodate medical technology business Smith+Nephew’s relocation from its existing site in Hull to a new £100m research, development and manufacturing facility, and also a new Amazon distribution facility.