Commercial investment

The Council has a strong track record of working with businesses on redeveloping its portfolio of commercial land and property to accommodate growth and improve sustainability and energy efficiency.

This commitment has been matched with multi-million-pound investment from the authority, with recent projects focused towards breathing new life into Daventry’s industrial heartlands. 

Royal Oak Industrial Estate redevelopment 

Among the recent success stories is the construction of a purpose-built manufacturing base for international hydraulic tool specialist Hi-Force Ltd, which replaced the Council’s outdated industrial units in the Royal Oak industrial area of Daventry.

Hi-Force expressed an interest in moving to larger, modern premises in Daventry whilst staying a tenant of the Council. These aspirations provided an opportunity for the authority and Hi-Force to work together to redevelop a site, and the Council constructed a more energy efficient and visually attractive building, incorporating recycled materials, high standards of insulation and renewable energy technology.

After relocating to the new £4.5m facility, Hi-Force experienced further growth and required more manufacturing and warehousing space, so a second redevelopment took place at the rear of the premises – again on the site of old units owned by the Council – with the authority investing a further £2million to create a new warehousing facility. 

Long March’s new lease of life

Rejuvenating one of Daventry’s former industrial estates resulted in the development of purpose-built facilities for award-winning roofing products manufacturer Hambleside Danelaw.

The company worked in partnership with Daventry District Council on a purpose-built 5,000 sq m factory in the Long March area of the town.

Formerly known as Middlemarch, the site contained around 20 units originally built in the 1960s, but many were no longer fit for today’s commercial and industrial tenants. The new building showcases a number of eco-friendly measures, including energy-saving rooflights and arrays of solar photovoltaic panel.

Hambleside Danelaw leased the new premises from the Council on a 25-year term, enabling the company to accommodate expansion in the future as well as responding even better to current customer expectations on quality and service which were already high.


Signal Park

This project will see the development of a 6.2-acre derelict site located within central Daventry, to create around 56,000 sq ft of new industrial and warehouse space in 15 units ranging between 2 and 8,000 sq ft in size.  

This new scheme will help to address the shortage of modern industrial stock and expansion space in Daventry and the surrounding area.It aims to create 112 direct jobs, and another 49 indirect jobs.

Formerly known as 'The Knoll', the site is conveniently close to the town’s ring road and the A45, with its surrounding area primarily developed for industrial use. 

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Catesby Aerodynamic Research Facility

The £12 million Catesby Aerodynamic Research Facility (CARF) is utilising the disused Catesby Tunnel to create an indoor, fully-controllable vehicle testing centre.

Almost 3km-long and perfectly straight, the tunnel provides a stable underground environment in which vehicles can be driven at high speeds to monitor their aerodynamic performance.

A new £4 million Research and Innovation Centre is also being built on the site, with the aim of enabling high-performance technology start-ups and early growth businesses to locate next to the testing facility.

Running form Charwhelton to Catesby, the Catesby Tunnel was completed in 1897 and operated until 1966, when the Great Central Main Line was closed and abandoned.

The project to bring it back into use is being developed by Brackley-based firm Aero Research Partners (ARP), with work on the initial design phase starting in 2013.

The scheme has attracted a £6.2 million investment from the Government's Local Growth Fund, secured through the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP).

Support also came from Daventry District Council, which acquired the disused tunnel from the Secretary of State for Transport so it could be leased to ARP.

Hi-Force's headquarters in the Royal Oak Industrial Estate, Daventry
Hambleside Danelaw
Hambleside Danelaw's purpose-built facilities in Long March, Daventry
The Knoll, South March
Commercial development opportunities at The Knoll, South March