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£2.5m business park investment for former tyneside shipyard site
The banks of the River Tyne are currently experiencing a major phase of redevelopment, as the region tries to rejuvenate its fortunes after the dramatic demise of a once thriving industrial community.
One company trying to restore an air of confidence and pride is Oceana Group Holdings Ltd. The North East-based business is showing a major commitment to the region by investing close to £2.5m into the refurbishment and redevelopment of its 12 acre Oceana Business Park site at Wallsend; as they try to entice a host of potential businesses to lease office space, workspace and storage, and become a part of entrepreneur Tony Mann’s vision.
Mann proudly talks about the site, which hugs the coastline adjacent to Swan Hunters former shipyard. He explains: “We could have created purpose built offices, workshops, and storage facilities anywhere in the North East, but upon first viewing the site we were taken aback by an area steeped in local history. The Oceana team thought it would be a wonderful acquisition to make, allowing us the chance to bring the site back to life and recreate the buzz it once had.”
Over sixty years ago the former Wallsend Research Station was home to 400 workers, this is something Tony Mann and his team want to mirror with the dream they have for Oceana Business Park (pictured above: Tony Mann, MD of Oceana Group Holdings Ltd, photo credit – Lomas Photographic).
The variety and size of the buildings and their landscapes should be an attraction for businesses from across the industry spectrum -
spanning start ups to businesses seeking major expansion including: call centres, engineering firms, architects, artists, photographers, building contractors, printers and removal firms.
The site also lends itself to great picturesque backdrops, which has led to several film crews recording scenes at Oceana Business Park including Robson Green’s Coastal Productions.
At the heart of the Oceana Business Park is its ‘jewel in the crown’ - The Pametrada Building. The flagship building is over 27,000 sq ft of space, spanning 3 floors. There is also a self-contained three storey office building Ceres House, Northumbria House, Laurel and Nelson House, and the Studios - ideal for small and start up companies. Another aspect of the site is the wonderful way in which the buildings take advantage of the natural light; this is a fantastic quality for practical based businesses to use to their benefit.
Tony Mann lives south of Watford and has been a North-South commuter for the past 10 years. His decade of commitment symbolises his desire to succeed in the region. Tony adds: “These are exciting times for the area, as the second Tyne Tunnel has been given the green light, so the future is bright for us and our tenants. My ultimate goal however, is to bring the site back to the thriving hotbed of commerce it once was.
“We currently have an impressive occupancy level but I would be delighted to reach 100%, as we could then employ further staff to manage the site. This is just the start of our journey of regional development and investment.”
For prospective businesses interested in gaining further information about short and long term leases available at Oceana Business Park please contact +44 (0)191 263 6777
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