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purpose-built manufacturing base for international hydraulic tool specialist Hi-Force Ltd, which replaced the Council’s outdated industrial units in the Royal Oak industrial area of Daventry.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.
The Knoll at South March
Fresh opportunities are being created for commercial development on land owned by the Council at The Knoll, located within the Marches Industrial Estate to the south-east of Daventry town centre.
The Knoll is conveniently close to the town’s ring road and the A45, with its surrounding area primarily developed for industrial use. The site has outline planning consent and future development will be restricted to single storey units not exceeding 2,700 sq mt. The sites will be marketed for B1 and B2 use, to attract High Tech Business units, to this key gateway location.