Business Insider Breakfast – Weston Gateway Business Park16 May 2013
Dowlas UK Ltd is based in Weston-super-Mare and is the enabling developer for Weston Gateway Business Park sitting between the landowner and the client.
The concept for the site was conceived several years ago by my Father, John Filer, who was the founder of the developer Dowlas but who passed away last year leaving me with a highly experienced team to bring the project to fruition.
Weston Gateway Business Park is quite literally the Gateway to Weston-super-Mare. Anyone who travels in and out of Weston are welcomed by the impressive 40,000 sq ft head office due to be completed next week for Knightstone Housing. This project was the second largest single commercial building to go up outside of London last year. A true testament to all that have been involved in the build so far.
We have also secured leading pub retailer Greene King on site, building commences next month. This will prove to be an excellent amenity to the Business Park and also to the residents of the local area. Both of these projects have seen Dowlas undertake the complete start to finish turnkey service. This means that Dowlas has facilitated all planning consents, infrastructure routes and contractor services to produce an end user base build. Dowlas are also developing the land on the southside of the A370 and are currently considering offers for that land.
The site has outline planning consent for a hotel, offices and related uses and we have interest both for nursery facilities and other prestige buildings.
All plots at Weston Gateway Business Park have high visibility to the A370. The Business Park provides immediate access to the A370 which links the M5 to the centre of Weston-super-Mare. Junction 21 of the M5 provides access to the South West and to the entire national motorway network via the M4/M5 interchange within 25 minutes. Weston Gateway Business Park is adjacent to Worle Parkway mainline station providing regular services to Bristol (Temple Meads and Parkway), Cardiff, Taunton and London Paddington. Bristol International Airport is within 25 minutes drive offering daily flights to many major European cities.
The site is fully serviced with Gas, Electricity, Water and telecoms, the main road, named in memory of my Father, as Filers Way, is also laid with pavements, street lighting and final finishes together with a cycle/pedestrian connection to the station all in course of being installed.
For those of you that are booked onto the coach tour shortly you will be stopping at Weston Gateway Business Park and will be given a short tour of the Knightstone Housing building by my colleague Bob Carlton- Porter. You are all welcome at our exhibition stand in the hall behind us being manned by Natalie Bennett from our agents Hartnell Taylor Cook who will be happy to discuss any individual requirements you may have.
The success of Weston Gateway Business Park has in part been through the excellent relationship Dowlas has with North Somerset Council. Particular thanks to the Economic Development team who have supported the project from the start. It is through Simon, Jane and their team that Dowlas now sits within the Junction 21 Enterprise Area, and sit on the board for this group. By agreeing to invest in the Junction 21 Enterprise Area project Dowlas is committed to attracting organisations to North Somerset and creating job opportunities. You can find out more about the Junction 21 Enterprise Area by visiting their website.
It is also exciting to see the Junction 21 road improvement scheme now is full swing, this £5m scheme is dedicated to improving traffic flow on the A370 Somerset Avenue (the road that leads onto Weston Gateway Business Park). Which will make both Weston Gateway Business Park and Weston itself even more attractive to outside investment.
Like others we are benefiting from the increased promotion of Weston-super –Mare as a location to come to, with a lot of facilities, some beautiful surrounding sea and countryside and are actively in turn promoting our site nationally. Interest even in this economy is developing daily and we look forward to welcoming our next client on board.
Director Dowlas UK Ltd