Fylde sports development signs up leisure specialists

David Chell and Bevan Middelton
David Chell and Bevan Middelton
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An £18m sports development on the Fylde has gone Premier league with its latest signings.

Henco has tied up the deal for five parcels of land at the Whitehills Business Park near Blackpool.

The 9.16 acres of land are being earmarked for mixed use to pull together the various strands of Whitehills’ development over the years.

Chris Hibbert, managing driector of Henco, said: “We have a chance to masterplan the site now with more of a joined up approach together with Fylde Council, it will allow us to bring it all together as a business park.

“The aims is to have mixed usage with employment opportunities , retail and roadside use which will complement each other and allow the park to thrive.”

“Whitehills is in a fantastic position for businesses operating on the Fylde Coast and we now look forward to planning the next phases.

“The current development being undertaken on Hallam Way, including new offices for stockbrokers Hargreave Hale is well under way with all steelwork now in place.

“The smaller of the two high quality offices to be named Apollo House will be complete in May 2016 and is available to let, offering air-conditioned suites from 3,000 sq ft with excellent parking allocation.

“We had been in talks with the West Register in Manchester which owned the land since September 2009 so we are delighted to have finalised this process.

“We first got involved at Whitehills in 2008 and now own probably half the estate.

“It has a great location, the geographical centre of the Fylde coast and forms a gateway to the communications infrastructure. It is close to the motorway link so it is a good place to be based.

He said sites four and five have planning consent and are being cleared for use now and clearance work would start on site two in the coming weeks.

He added: “We are in a position where we can work with businesses to tailor the design of a building to their needs and offer the property either for sale or on a lease.”