A £500m logistics development that promises to create 5,000 jobs in South Yorkshire has taken a major step forward after securing its first tenant.
Fellowes, a US office supplies manufacturer, has signed a deal to move its UK headquarters into the first speculatively-built warehouse at Doncaster’s iPort.
The global manufacturer of air purification machines, office business machines, record storage and office accessories has taken unit IP2b, as its new UK headquarters and EU shared service building.
Fellowes is moving from its existing building at nearby West Moor Park in November. Verdion is developing iPort on a 337-acre site at Rossington.
The rail interchange will comprise 6m sq ft of warehouses handling shipping containers on trains from major UK ports and the Channel Tunnel.
The development will relieve pressure on congested coastal ports and speed up delivery.
The site is also linked with Junction 3 of the M18 via the Great Yorkshire Way which opened in February.
Michel van Beek, president of Fellowes EMEA and Asia, said: “This move will offer many advantages including excellent links to the UK rail and road network. It will offer Fellowes the opportunity to create a more modern and efficient workplace supportive to our future business needs and aspirations.”
John Clements, European development director of Verdion, added: “Our confidence to commence the speculative development programme has been endorsed by this letting. Interest in the rest of the scheme is strong.”