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15 Jun 2016

Evans Property Group and Harworth Estates, the regeneration company wholly owned by Harworth Group plc, has strengthened the agency team at Leeds’ largest commercial development site, Temple Green, with the appointment of CBRE and Gent Visick.

The instructions come just ahead of completion of a £7m initial phase of infrastructure works at the 165 acre site. Located at J45 of the M1 in Leeds’ Enterprise Zone, Temple Green is Leeds City Region’s largest advanced manufacturing and logistics base with outline planning permission in place for 2.64m sq ft of employment and roadside uses.

CBRE and Gent Visick join existing agent Dove Haigh Phillips in advising on the delivery strategy for Temple Green which, upon imminent completion of the initial infrastructure and groundworks programme, will be ready to accommodate occupiers in the first two phases.  These phases incorporate land prepared for direct employment development, a range of roadside uses in addition to Leeds City Council’s 1000 space Park and Ride scheme.

James Pitt, Development Director of Evans Property Group, said; “With the initial infrastructure works due to complete in forthcoming weeks, we are now entering into discussions with potential customers about delivery of their occupational requirements within a twelve month delivery programme.  As Temple Green is one of the north of England’s most significant commercial developments we felt that CBRE, who act for the some of Europe’s leading manufacturers and logistics companies, were best placed in positioning the scheme at a global level via the firm’s regional and London offices.”

Ian Ball, Executive Director of Income Generation at Harworth Estates, continues; “The new appointments provide Temple Green with the skill, expertise and geographic reach we were looking for.  Gent Visick have a burgeoning reputation in the region and have performed extremely well on the rest of our Yorkshire portfolio. Their appointment alongside CBRE and Dove Haigh Phillips supports us being able to immediately bring forward Design & Build opportunities for a range of high-value businesses.”

Mike Baugh, Senior Director of Industrial Agency at CBRE, comments; “Working as part of our national logistics team we are pleased to be promoting Temple Green, which is one of the largest schemes of its nature in the North of England, to the national and European occupier market. The development can attract significant inward investment into the region, deliver hundreds of jobs and address the present shortage of industrial accommodation and as such is an incredibly exciting project to be involved in.”

Rupert Visick, Managing Director at Gent Visick, said; “We’re delighted to have secured such an exciting role.  Temple Green should establish itself as one of the UK’s leading commercial developments and Gent Visick will work hard to make this happen.  Our immediate focus will be on promoting the development as the leading site in Yorkshire for Design & Build opportunities.”