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Reception marks progress at £30m South Central development

A reception was held to show guests the progress at a new £30m industrial development in Southampton which will bring hundreds of jobs to the region.

Representatives from Southampton City Council, developer PLP and agents from across the south gathered at the site of the South Central development at Test Lane, Nursling.

Guests were shown that highway widening and road improvement works associated with the 11-acre development are well under way, and on course to complete in mid-July.

Construction work will then begin on three new high-specification industrial units, suitable for storage and distribution use.

The reception was hosted by south coast commercial property specialists Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) and JLL, joint letting agents for the site.

Adrian Whitfield, Industrial & Logistics Director based in the Southampton office of LSH, said: “This was a great opportunity to get together and celebrate the progress being made at South Central, which is the first speculative development close to the Port of Southampton in a decade.

“There is a lot of excitement around this site due to its prime location and the quality of the accommodation on offer. The levels of interest we have already seen demonstrate the continued confidence we are seeing in the commercial property investment market.”

The development is being carried out by specialist UK logistics and industrial property specialist PLP, whose funding partner for the project is Rockspring Property Investment Managers LLP.

The project, due to complete in the first quarter of 2018, offers three units measuring 39,075 sq ft, 49,965 sq ft and 116,895 sq ft, each with a Grade A specification including dock & level access loading doors, full access raised floor offices and large secure self-contained yard.

It is anticipated that South Central will bring an estimated 750 jobs to the region. The site’s strategic location, within two miles of Dock Gate 20 of the Port of Southampton, its 24/7 hours of operation and close transport links to the M27 and M271, make it ideally suited to occupiers in the parcel distribution, storage and manufacturing sectors.

Neil Dickinson, Chief Investment Officer at PLP, said: “We were proud to show guests around the site and show them the enormous potential of this exciting development, which brings a huge amount of investment to the region.”