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Jobs on the way with new office development

Date 13 Dec 2007

More than 500 new jobs could be created as work gets underway on the first phase of a £15m office complex. Gladman Developments, a Cheshire-based developer of speculative office, industrial and distribution accommodation, has secured a 10-acre site for 150,000 sq ft of new offices at Queens Meadow Business Park in Hartlepool.

Tim Matthews, Partner at Gladmans, said: "Our research shows there is a strong demand for new, purpose-built offices from local businesses. Our new development will help meet that need, as we can accommodate all types of organisations, whether they are looking for smaller suites to offices suitable as their headquarters.

"In today's fast moving business environment, larger companies cannot wait for buildings to be specially built for them and smaller companies will go to where accommodation is ready for them to move into. Our product has been tailored to meet the demands of modern businesses, meaning that occupiers generally find our units perform well, if not better, than a design and build unit."

Once occupiers have started to move into the first phase of William Gray Court, Gladman Developments expects to start work on a further 74,000 sq ft of offices. It also has the option to buy a further 15 acres from One NorthEast, which would make it the single biggest development project in Hartlepool.

Ed Rowley, Acting Director of Regeneration at One NorthEast, said: "The potential of this development is massive. With the planned investment and job figures, it will be the single biggest development Hartlepool has seen. That's fantastic news for a town which is rapidly raising its profile, regionally, nationally and internationally."

Phase 1 of the project is an office development, while the following three phases will be a mix of office and industrials units.

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