FOURTEEN new factories are fast taking shape on the Furness Business Park in spite of the credit crunch and a growing slump in commercial property in some towns and cities.
To Furness Enterprise the new plants symbolise Barrow’s drive to continue meeting demand for new, modern premises.
When the seven units in Forge Close and the second seven in James Freel Close are completed, it will mean the big Furness Business Park, established on the former iron and steelworks, will be nearing completion.
There are still a few pockets, including four acres next to Andrews Court off Phoenix Road, where more units can go up.
But the park, where buildings first went up in the early 1990s, will soon be saturated in development terms, with the Ramsden Business Park being prepared on Barrow Island under the Waterfront schemes, to take its place.
The first units to be finished will be in Forge Close where completion is expected in September. Five of the units are of 3,000 sq ft and two of 2,500 sq ft. The cost is £4 to £4.50 per square foot per year.
Completion of the James Freel Close work units will follow in December with a total cost for the two developments of more than £2m.
Stuart Klosinski, inward development director of Furness Enterprise, which is helping to market the sites, said: “It is 40,000 sq ft of much needed premises. We are working very hard with Barrow Borough Council to encourage people to taken them up. It is the largest current provision of industrial units in Furness and South Cumbria and is providing much needed space.”
Furness Enterprise says there has been strong interest in the new units, mostly from local organisations consideration relocating. He praised the council for going ahead with the new developments. The council now owns several estates within the business park as well as other developments including Waterside Business Park, off Bridge Road, and Emlyn Hughes House, in Abbey Road.