A colossal industrial development in the heart of County Durham is pushing ahead with the next stage of a £300m investment which is expected to eventually create 4,000 local jobs.
The latest advance in the Integra 61 site at Bowburn has been signalled by the submission of a reserved matters application to Durham County Council from property developers Citrus Durham
The submission is for Evolution@Integra61 at its multi-million pound mixed-use scheme at J61 of the A1(M) at Bowburn.
The newest phase of the development, four miles south of Durham City, will include 24 new industrial units totalling 50,921 sq ft and ranging in size from 1,205 sq ft up to 4,625 sq ft.
The units, which will be available to purchase or lease, will provide space for local as well as regional businesses.
The centrepiece of the major development is Amazon’s new 2m sq ft Fulfilment Centre, recently opened, and which has helped increase the momentum around the ambitious scheme.
Eventually, the £300m development will house around 300 new homes and roadside opportunities including drive-thru’s, a 70-bed hotel, family pub/restaurant, nursery, car showrooms and trade counter and retail units.
It has been estimated that the site, partially chosen for its excellent transport links – sitting opposite the newly upgraded A688 and Durham Services – could create up to 4,000 jobs for the area.
David Cullingford, project lead for Integra 61 and Citrus Durham, said: “The creation of the smaller units makes Integra 61 a truly inclusive scheme, with wide-ranging opportunities for businesses of all sizes.
“This further significant investment will generate yet more jobs and we are pleased to be able to support regional occupiers with their growth ambitions and be part of this unique project in County Durham.”