Forrest Park enhances the key strategic investment corridor of the A1(M) motorway A167 road for greater regional significance as an employment hub, by the continuing build-out of Aycliffe Business Park (the largest employment area in County Durham), with over 250 businesses, focusing primarily on manufacturing and engineering.
The project consists of B1, B2 and B8 employment space, with ancillary roadside services. The development has the potential to deliver over 3,200 jobs.
Phase 1 of the project delivered key site infrastructure such as services and access. Works were funded by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership via the Local Growth Fund and are now complete.
The site is development ready with planning secured. The location for the development is well suited to this type of project given its close proximity to major motorway networks. This is reflected by the major employers already resident at Aycliffe Business Park, including Gestamp Tallent Automotive, Husqvarna, Ebac, Permoid, Lucite, Lidl and Stiller. Hitachi Rail Europe has also relocated its train manufacturing facility to the adjacent Merchant Park site.
The site also has the potential to accommodate a new multimodal rail freight terminal, which would be the first in the North East, given that Forrest Park sits alongside the Tees Valley Branch Line, which connects to the East Coast Main Line 6 km north of Darlington and could therefore be considered a uniquely rail connected site within the North East.