Matthew Neville

£300m County Durham housing development to create 4,000 local jobs

Citrus Durham has announced that it is working up detailed plans to speculatively develop a four-unit industrial scheme totalling 337,225 sq ft at its £300m mixed-use Integra 61 development at J61 of the A1(M).

The masterplan for the 20-acre plot incorporates four high quality units of 42,000 sq ft, 63,000 sq ft, 84,000 sq ft and 148,225 sq ft to satisfy “huge regional demand”.

The new development will occupy the most prominent site at the centre of the 205-acre Integra 61 scheme, which has outline consent for over 3m sq ft of employment space with the potential to create some 4,000 jobs and is already home to Amazon’s 2m sq ft Fulfilment Centre.

Plans will be submitted to Durham County Council in January 2022 and the team is talking to contractors about a start on site in April 2022, leading to the first buildings being available by December 2022.

David Cullingford, project lead for Integra 61 and Citrus Durham, said; “This further multi-million pound investment in the project demonstrates our continuing commitment to the region and our objective of creating the premier business location in County Durham.

“The shortages of grade A space are well documented, especially following the first half of the year where take-up increased by 56% on the year-on-year figures in the North East. These much-needed new units will help businesses to grow and generate further jobs for local people. We look forward to getting construction underway early in the new year.”

Robert Rae, principal and managing director at Avison and Young, said; “Integra 61 has the capacity to satisfy occupier requirements of all sizes and requirements and as such is a huge asset to the North East at a time when supply levels are so critically low.

“These new four units are sized to align with the huge demand that we are witnessing and will give occupiers the opportunity to be part of a superb mixed-use development in one of the most strategic locations in the North East.”

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