40,000 sq ft of new industrial space comes to the starved South Coast market

  • Author: Matthew Poplett

Kites Croft, Fareham

Aviva Investors has brought to market two speculative high quality industrial units at Kite’s Croft Business Park, Fareham, Hampshire, announced agents Hellier Langston and Lambert Smith Hampton today.

The units, which will comprise around 40,000 sq ft of new distribution and office space, are the first speculative developments to be built around the commercial hub of the M27’s junction 9 in recent years, despite high occupier demand across the industrial sector. Both units are anticipated to be completed in by the end of March 2016.

Matthew Poplett, director at Hellier Langston, added: “These units are the first speculative development in Segensworth for over 10 years. They provide a unique opportunity for an occupier to be located half way between Southampton and Portsmouth in modern, energy efficient units to the latest building regulations. Kites’ Croft is a high quality development and has always been in great demand from occupiers.”

Ben Lomax, Aviva Investors added: “We are delighted to be developing these two high quality units at such an exciting time. Interest has been strong and we look forward to fully launching them to the local market.” 

Unit 10 will provide 27,825sq ft of ground floor distribution and industrial space with minimum height of nine metres, alongside a further 2,560 sq ft of first floor office and ancillary space. The unit will also include a secure concrete yard, 26 car parking spaces, shower and toilet facilities and a glazed entrance lobby. Located adjacent to Unit 10, Unit 3 comprises 8,019 sq ft of production and industrial space with minimum height of nine metres and 1,517 sq ft of first floor office accommodation. The unit also provides a secure yard and 14 parking spaces.

Developer Mike Forster, Marick Real Estate, explained: “High quality new industrial stock has been hard to come by across the South Coast over the last ten years, particularly in as strategic a location as Fareham. These two units represent a real coup for the industrial sector and we look forward to completing both developments shortly.”

Guy Jackson, surveyor at Lambert Smith Hampton’s Fareham office, commented: “These two new units represent a unique opportunity for occupiers looking to expand their businesses and capacity in and around the South Coast. With increasing demand and a lack of high quality stock, interested parties should enquire as soon as possible.”

Kite’s Croft is located at junction 9 of the M27, in the heart of the Southampton/Portsmouth conurbation, within close proximity to Southampton Airport and the ports. Existing occupiers at Kite’s Croft include the Royal Mail, Estée Lauder, Turbocam Europe and HM Coastguard.

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