Doncaster’s iPort development named biggest in UK

iPort Aerial Perspective
iPort Aerial Perspective

The six million square foot development scheme in Rossington, iPort, has been named as the largest commercial development in the country.

The massive scale of the development makes it the largest project with planning permission in the UK, ahead of Wirral Waters in Merseyside and Stratford City -a project to further develop the site of the 2012 Olympic Games.

The development, which is being delivered by European logistics company Verdion, includes a rail freight terminal served by rail and road, 562,000 sq m of warehouses and over 100 hectares of ecological enhancement

It will also be served by the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS), the new link road from junction three of the M18, which is being coordinated by Doncaster Council.

Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, said thinks the development will be good news for the town.

She added:“The announcement that the iPort development is the largest project with planning permission in the UK speaks volumes about the exciting times that lie ahead for Doncaster.

“This development will play a key role in meeting my promise to bring new jobs to Doncaster.”

“The immense scale of the development emphasises the commitment of both Doncaster Council and its partners Verdion to delivering economic growth in our borough and the wider area.”

At six million sq ft, the development on the formerRossington Colliery site, known as iPort, will be the UK’s largest rail freight port and is billed as being of European significance.

Michael Hughes, chief executive of the developer, Verdion, said he is confident about the success of iPort.

“The Verdion team is now pushing ahead with marketing of the iPort to potential occupiers, and are confident of the scheme’s success which will provide around 5,000 jobs for the Doncaster area,” he added.