Antrim To Reap Rewards Of Major Development

11 August 2009

The Antrim area has seen a huge transformation over the past 5 years, primarily as a result of the opening of Junction One and its continuing success and expansion. Junction One now boasts brands such as Nike, Next, Adidas, Billabong and Marks & Spencer and the retail park includes a Lidl, Homebase, Burger King drive thru and Holiday Inn Express. The recent announcement of Asda finally getting approval for their new superstore beside Junction One has generated tremendous new interest in the Antrim area. The Asda Superstore, scheduled to open early in 2010, will be the company’s largest store to date in Northern Ireland comprising a total sales area of 54,000 sq ft in addition to a restaurant and 600 car parking spaces.

Osborne King have been working closely with ACI Ltd, part of the Kennedy Group of Companies, on developing their extensive portfolio of land and existing buildings adjacent to Junction One at Enkalon Business Park. Enkalon Business Park has excellent transport links and is located approximately ½ a mile outside Antrim Town Centre and is within a 14 mile radius of Belfast, accessed from the Dunsilly Roundabout.

Enkalon Business Park encompasses a range of schemes, both industrial and office use. It includes new business units ranging from c. 1,000 – c. 3,000 sq ft in Randalstown Road Business Park. The final tranche of units has now been released, offered on a For Sale or To Let with an option to purchase basis. Current occupiers include Oriel Training Services, CKOS Kitchens, Small Bikes NI and DH Business Services.

Construction work is due to begin within the next three months at Enkalon Office Park, also within Enkalon Business Park, which will result in the creation of c. 31,500 sq ft in total of new office space. The first phase of Enkalon Office Park will comprise high-specification, own-door office suites ranging from circa 1,300 sq ft to 2,600 sq ft, each with lift access. Phase 2 of the development will provide a further c. 12,000 sq ft of office space that would be ideally suited for use as a headquarters office building.

Pic: Enkalon Office Park (Artist's Impression)

The Kennedy Group have decided to speculatively start building phase one of the office scheme demonstrating great confidence in Enkalon Business Park and Junction One as one of the leading commercial and retail locations within Northern Ireland.

As part of the ongoing expansion of the area, Kennedy’s have four commercial development sites on the market within Junction One Business Park, each of which is c. 0.3 acres. Outline planning has been granted for a proposed commercial/industrial development comprising a mix of Use Classes B1(b) Call Centres, B1(c) Research & Development, B2 Light Industry or B4 Storage and Distribution. A number of potential occupiers are in advanced discussions for a design and build basis.

Adjacent to Enkalon Business Park, Kennedy’s plan to develop a number of residential sites in their ownership, all currently with the benefit of outline planning consent for a total of over 250 homes and 18 apartments. There is also additional land earmarked for more business trade and warehouse units.

Over the next 5 years this area of Antrim will see the final phase of this remarkable transformation.

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