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Transformational Leeds developer marks 20 years in business

April 14th, 2021

Leeds-based commercial property developer, Eshton Group, is celebrating its 20th anniversary during one of its most exciting periods of business.

Led by brothers James and Jonathan Chapman, Eshton Group is responsible for generating hundreds of millions of pounds of investment and creating thousands of new jobs across the North of England. With a history of regenerating underutilised land into thriving industrial hubs with vast commercial and economic potential, Eshton Group has built an expansive portfolio of ambitious and successful schemes.

Among Eshton Group’s most notable successes is the development of the 60-acre Burnley Bridge Business Park, which transformed a disused area of land off the M65 into a thriving industrial hub, delivering more than 750,000 sq ft of buildings and over £50million of investment locally, with significant further development anticipated.

The Group’s mounting pipeline of development plans reflects its growth strategy, and creating new roadside developments is a major component of this. Additionally, as the UK faces a severe shortfall in warehouse availability and the fastest rise in prime headline rents in recent years, Eshton Group is poised to bring investment in this sector into underserved local economies. The pipeline includes the recent submission of an outline planning application for an additional 500,000 sq ft of employment space at Burnley Bridge South, as well as an imminent application for a new 60-acre business park, totalling more than 900,000 sq ft, on the A1 at Catterick.

Managing director, James Chapman, said: “We’ve come a long way over the last 20 years, in spite of sometimes operating in very challenging markets, and I’m incredibly proud of the team and the hard work we’ve put in to reach this milestone.

“Our story began in the residential sector, and we’ve grown considerably to become one of the key players in the region’s commercial property sector. Our current focus is on bringing forward complex employment sites, as well as working on some exciting new roadside developments. We’re an ambitious team with an intelligent commercial vision and I expect to see our portfolio continue to expand with targeted, research-backed investment into key areas.”

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