Highbridge Properties and the Homes & Communities Agency have sold a 107,000 sq ft hi-tech office and research headquarters development at Ansty Park in Coventry to FANUC UK, a leading global manufacturer of automation and industrial robotic solutions.
The 107,000 sq. ft. building has been sold for an undisclosed price and will be developed by Highbridge Properties in partnership with HCA on a seven acre landscape site with completion due early next year. The building will comprise a 56,000 sq. ft. design, manufacturing and training facility, 43,000 sq. ft. offices and an 8,000 sq. ft. showroom area.
Adrian Hill, Director of Highbridge Properties, said: “We are delighted that FANUC has chosen Ansty Park as the location for its new UK facility. FANUC will be a great addition to the already strong occupier base at Ansty Park. Furthermore the impressive design and high specification of the building will enhance the excellent scheme quality within the development.”
Barney Frith and Peter Clegg, property partners in Newcastle-based Square One Law, acted for Highbridge Properties.
Ansty Park is one of the UK’s leading technology business parks and home to the Manufacturing Technology Centre, the Aerospace Research Centre, the High Temperature Research Centre and the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre, as well as the Sainsbury’s Store Development Centre and a circa 200,000 sq. ft. building, currently under construction, for the London Taxi Company where it will develop electric black cabs.
Barney Frith said: “In a region that already boasts a long and impressive heritage in science and technology; we are pleased to have been able to support Highbridge Properties in bringing this exciting project to fruition.
“As well as acting on Ansty Park, just outside Coventry, we also act for Highbridge Properties on two other schemes, firstly Cobalt Park, located in North Tyneside, which is an amazing success story for the North East and, on completion, will comprise of 2.5 million sq. ft. of offices.
“The second is Indigo Park an 82 acre development site, close to the A1, offering the opportunity for bespoke manufacturing and distribution buildings. The site is one of the largest in the north and can offer units ranging in size from 40,000 sq. ft. to 1.5 million sq. ft.”