Artist impression of the advanced manufacturing hub for companies specialising in the offshore industry
With a ready-made infrastructure, abundant natural resources and a comprehensive package of professional and service sector support, North Tyneside is an ideal location for offshore renewable, subsea, oil and gas and marine industries.
The River Tyne is home to a number of valuable industrial sites for river related activities with extensive river-front access and a deep water port. The area currently sustains a broad range of advanced manufacturing, research and development and general industrial uses, attracting a range of businesses including OGN, Fabricom Offshore Services, WD Close, Quick Hydraulics, Soil Machine Dynamics and Barrier Group.
New sites currently being developed include Swans - the former Swan Hunter shipyard in Wallsend which falls within the Enterprise Zone. Businesses locating to the site can benefit from a simplified planning scheme, plus five years business rate discount if they locate before March 2018. This 13 hectares site is exceptionally well-positioned for the North Sea and within easy reach of key, offshore energy locations including Dogger Bank. It offers maximum flexibility with bespoke advanced manufacturing units designed and built to meet the needs of individual occupiers.
North Tyneside Council is firmly set on making this strategic riverside site a huge success, and has made significant progress in transforming it into an advanced manufacturing hub with quay facilities. Major works have included quay edge improvements and dredging to allow larger vessels to berth as well as installing new utility supplies to the whole site, building new access roads and upgrading existing ones.
Located on the main Swans site, the £1.9million Swans Centre for Innovation (CFI) was officially opened in July 2016, providing flexible accommodation for small and medium-sized firms in the renewable energy and marine sectors. Since its launch, the Centre has attracted a range of businesses including Bibby Offshore Ltd, M2Subsea Ltd and Jackson Hogg Recruitment. The Swans and CFI projects are part financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Further along the river, the Port of Tyne’s Royal Quays Enterprise Park comprises a large development area of up to 30 hectares with Enterprise Zone status. Located less than 3km from open sea, the site offers a prime location with access to multiple riverside berths which accommodate both passenger and cargo vessels. As part of the Port of Tyne estate, the Enterprise Park can benefit manufacturers or retailers immediately, as it is fully integrated into a mature logistics infrastructure. With container, RoRo, ferry, bulk cargo and road connectivity, the site offers a superb development opportunity.
In addition to river front sites, North Tyneside also offers a range of industrial parks in urban locations including Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate. This established commercial hub comprises industrial, distribution and office space, as well as two new developments providing bespoke Grade A industrial units.
Indigo Park is a new 33 hectare development site offering bespoke industrial, distribution and R&D buildings. The site is one of the largest in the North and offers units ranging in size from 40,000 sq ft to 1.5 million sq ft. Complimenting the borough’s excellent infrastructure and property solutions, North Tyneside is also home to a cluster of training providers operating in the offshore industries.
Advanced Industrial Solutions (AIS) and Maersk Training provide world-class training in the renewable, maritime and subsea sectors. Since opening in the borough both companies have experienced significant growth and success, attracting trainees from across the globe.
For further information on opportunities and support available in North Tyneside, please contact Sean Collier on (0191) 643 6409 or visit www.investnorthtyneside.co.uk.