Work progresses on £22.5million 200-job facility

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A MASSIVE development which is set to create more than 200 new jobs on Wearside has moved a step closer.

The Echo revealed in April that Barmston Developments had lined up a deal with car parts manufacturer Vantec Europe to invest £22.5million in a new distribution facility at its Turbine Business Park, next to Nissan.

Now the two have put pen to paper on what will be the North East’s largest pre-sale warehouse building to be built this century.

The new facility will play a key role in Vantec’s expansion within the UK, and create an additional 230 new posts by 2015 for a company which already employs more than 800 people in Sunderland.

Detailed negotiations between Barmston Developments and Vantec Europe began at the start of the year, and have already passed through the detailed design and specification, planning, tendering and deal stages.

Barmston Developments director Jason Stowe said: “This is clearly fantastic news for everyone concerned.

“The short timescale that was required to ensure that this project went ahead was a challenge.

“However, our team has worked in tandem with Vantec to ensure that we meet the timescale required.

“We have started on-site and the build programme for the 422,000sq ft distribution facility will be completed by the end of the year, meaning we will have negotiated, secured planning consent, built and handed over the North East’s largest pre-sale warehouse within a 12-month timespan.”

The warehouse will handle about six million plastic and metal containers of Nissan car parts each year, which will be received from the UK and European supplier base.

Vantec’s investment is its largest during its 20 years in the North East.

Managing director Martin Kendall said: “Vantec has a long history of working with Nissan in Japan and here in the UK. We have been carrying out critical logistics services for Nissan Sunderland plant since 1990.

“The investment in the new warehouse next to the car plant will support our existing warehouse in Sunderland, and will confirm our position as the largest supplier of critical logistics to the Nissan Sunderland plant.”

GMI Construction has been confirmed as the main contractor.

Managing director Jarrod Best said: “With a project of this stature and level of investment, we’ve worked closely with the team from day one to identify crucial milestones.

“GMI was chosen as the construction partner for our credentials in delivering a fast programme that doesn’t compromise on quality.

“Having built a wealth of knowledge and experience of constructing large industrial schemes spanning more than 26 years, we are delighted to bring our expertise to the table to deliver a world class facility.”

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