More jobs are likely to be brought to Milton Keynes with the news that Hampton Brook has started work on the construction of two commercial buildings in Knowlhill, comprising approximately 4,459 sq m (48,000 sq ft) of warehouse and office space with associated delivery areas and car parking.
The three-acre site on the corner of Kelvin Drive and Roebuck Way is being developed by the regional developer, Hampton Brook, having purchased the land from Milton Keynes Development Partnership (MKDP). The largest of the buildings has already been ‘pre-let’ to broadbandbuyer.com, an IT supply and distribution company, which is planning to move its operations from Linford Wood; opening the new facility in late summer 2019.
MKDP chief executive Charles Macdonald says: “With the site identified in the local plan for employment purposes, we were keen to work to provide buildings that would be appropriate for their environment, provide a healthy return to Milton Keynes Council and create employment opportunities for the City. Our team has been tenacious in its efforts to get the best deal for Milton Keynes, which we believe we have achieved.”
Ian Jackson, a Director at Hampton Brook says: “We are delighted to have broken ground on the Velocity scheme which will provide for two commercial buildings, which we believe would provide a good platform to enable home-grown businesses to expand in response to their own defined market places.”
“Working with MKDP and the planning officers, we have been able to design the scheme to deliver a new pre-let HQ building for broadbandbuyer.com, as well as being able to deliver a further unit of some 2,090 sq m (22,500 sq ft). Our research shows pent up demand for accommodation of this size hence the decision to speculatively deliver this to the market.”