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From Showroom to Simply Food - M&S Site in Harrogate Nears Completion

SM Commercial have assisted in the redevelopment of a former car showroom in Harrogate, which will become a 32,000 sq ft site for M&S Simply Food. The development proved challenging, with several issues adding to its complexity.

Challenging Timescales

The development is on the former Nidd Vale Motors site at the junction of Hookstone Road, Harrogate. The redevelopment has been managed by St James Securities on behalf of Hornbeam Park Developments Ltd and the contractors are GMI Construction Group PLC.

SM Commercial were instructed to advise on the legal aspects of the site acquisition. The initial acquisition of the site had to be done quickly and the team at SM had about a week to get it completed. Pretty soon after we then completed an Agreement for Lease with M&S. Planning was obtained and the redevelopment of the site got underway.

Development of the Site

As part of the initial ground works no less than seven fuel tanks had to be removed and the contamination caused by leaking diesel oil dealt with.

As the site is situated near one of Harrogate’s busiest junctions, planning conditions meant road works to increase capacity had to be carried out, in addition to the creation of a large car park to serve the new development.

The sustainable development includes beams from responsibly sourced timber, and Forestry Stewardship Council certified timber cladding from Scotland.

The building, which is near completion, will also be insulated three times more than the average house, and during construction works, materials from the demolished showroom were re-used, in order to create two distinct levels. Rainwater attenuation to reduce run-off from the site has also been put in place.

Sustainability in commercial property is a vital issue for two reasons. Firstly, building regulations on energy loss requirements can be rather strict or may even form part of the planning conditions. Secondly, reducing energy and drainage costs has an obvious long term effect of reducing overheads.

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Dated: 09/06/2014

Author: Greg Cox

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