The latest phase of a major County Durham scheme is now underway with the development of a range of industrial units at Station Place in Newton Aycliffe.

Station Place, which is now under construction, is part of the wider £90m Merchant Park industrial scheme in Newton Aycliffe – a 65-acre development at Aycliffe Business Park off J59 of the A1(M) and home to Hitachi Rail.

The new £4.8 million scheme on Site 2 at Merchant Park is set to provide 50,333 sq ft of new industrial space to support new and expanding businesses in Newton Aycliffe. Work will start on Station Place this month after planning permission was granted in December 2020.

The scheme is due to complete in early 2022 and will deliver a total of ten new industrial units ranging in size from 5,000 sq ft for start-up and growing businesses and creating 130 jobs.

Durham County Council is supporting the development of the industrial units, after agreeing to a 35-year-lease at Station Place in September 2019.

The units will be managed by Business Durham, the economic development arm of the council. The development is being delivered in partnership with Merchant Anglo and Rokeby Developments.

Station Place is part of Aycliffe Business Park, which is the largest Business Park in the North East, home to a wide range of well-established businesses and next to Hitachi Rail Europe.

Cllr Simon Henig, Leader of Durham County Council, said: “Supporting the development of strategic employment sites is a main priority for the council and we recognise the importance of meeting companies’ needs by offering high quality and flexible industrial units at key locations throughout the county.

“As the economy moves into the recovery phase it is important we continue to support businesses to thrive and grow, as well as help create high-quality jobs, and generate investment opportunities to boost the economic growth of the county.”

Geoff Hunton, Director of Merchant Anglo, said: “We are seeking to address the shortfall of modern fit for purpose units in Newton Aycliffe to support new and growing business in conjunction with our partners Business Durham. We are delighted that we are one significant step closer to starting on site. Despite all the challenges of the last two years, we are now receiving real enquiries from local businesses and we are making this phase our priority to get going early this year.”