Harworth Group

Harworth begins construction of coffee drive-thrus and nears completion of government facility

Harworth Group has begun the construction of two separate Costa Coffee drive-thrus in Yorkshire.

The land and property regenerator also remains on track to deliver a nuclear fusion technology research facility (pictured above) by the autumn.

Costa has signed agreements for lease at the company’s Riverdale Park development in Doncaster and its head office at Advantage House, Rotherham.

Under the terms of both deals, the coffee chain will enter into 15-year leases shortly after practical completion of two 1,800 sq ft units.

The Riverdale Park Costa will be practically completed in early October and is being built by JP Wild.

HP Construction are building the Advantage House drive-thru, and it will be practically completed in November.

Adam Osborne, development manager at Harworth, said: “Demand for food and beverage drive-thrus in established commercial locations in the North of England remains very strong.”  

He stated that the company was pleased to accommodate Costa on another two of its sites, following a previous project in Bolton two years ago.

Tim Powner, asset manager at Harworth, added: “We remain keen to grow our income portfolio to continue to cover the overheads of the business and both units on completion will generate a robust income stream.”

The company also remains on-track to practically complete the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s (UKAEA) new nuclear fusion technology research facility at its flagship Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) development in Rotherham in September.

The 22,300 sq ft unit, which is being built by Sheffield-based contractor, JF Finnegan, will comprise office accommodation split over two floors and a research laboratory at ground-floor level. 

The UKAEA will be taking a 20-year lease on its completion in September and will employ 40 highly-skilled people.

It is being funded as part of the government’s Nuclear Sector Deal, delivered through the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

An additional £2m of investment is coming from Sheffield City Region’s local growth fund, helping the UKAEA join other occupiers at the AMP including Rolls-Royce, Boeing and McLaren Automotive.

David Elliott, director of building delivery at Harworth, commented: “Continuing to build out new commercial space is essential for the UK’s ongoing economic recovery and I am delighted with progress being made in finalising the UKAEA’s new facility.

“This development has the potential to create many jobs in the local supply chain as fusion technology matures and we look forward to supporting that process where we can.”

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