Construction work has started and is progressing well at Eastern Gateway, near Ipswich, on an 8-acre scheme that Trebor Developments and Hillwood acquired earlier in 2023.
Magrock Ltd, the main contractor, started on site in July on the 5-unit industrial and logistics scheme that ranges in size from 12,905 to 52,250 sq ft. Steelworks are planned to be going up from September and the development is on programme to complete as planned in May 2024.
The units are being built speculatively by national property developer Trebor and will offer much-needed accommodation to local occupier requirements in an area that remains under-supplied with good quality, new-build space. When finished, the scheme is expected to create around 250-350 jobs in Ipswich and the surrounding area, in addition to the construction jobs already secured.
These units will also be highly sustainable, built to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standards and EPC ‘A’. The development is being marketed as ‘Access @ Eastern Gateway, Ipswich’ and will complement the existing units already developed on site for Amazon and La Doria.
Councillor Neil MacDonald, Leader of Ipswich Borough Council, commented: “Eastern Gateway is a development that is attracting new business into the local area, to boost the economy and create more jobs. I am really pleased to see Trebor take the next steps to support our goal of redeveloping this brownfield site to create new employment opportunities.”
The Eastern Gateway site forms a key part of New Anglia Enterprise Partnership’s ‘Space to Innovate’ Enterprise Zone across Norfolk and Suffolk. Julian Munson, Head of Innovation & Enterprise Zones for the LEP, said: “We are delighted that Trebor Developments, with partners, is making good progress with its high-quality commercial development which will provide space for growing local businesses and potential inward investors.
“This site at Sproughton has been a real success story for the region and a strong partnership between the LEP, Suffolk County Council, Babergh District Council and Ipswich Borough Council, along with the private sector, and continues to unlock new commercial space, supporting business growth and boosting jobs in the area.”