You may well have noticed by now some new hoardings that have been going up along the northern boundary of Thorpe Park (as it currently stands), and so we thought it time for a quick update on what will be taking place behind those hoardings, and why.
In short, the erection of the hoardings signal the start of works on the next phase of development at Thorpe Park. It has always been the plan to extend Thorpe Park beyond its current boundary, however over the past few years a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes to alter the planning approvals that set out what will be built, and when. The aim of the site owners (Scarborough Development Ltd) is to deliver a development which meets the needs of modern day occupiers, ensuring that Thorpe Park continues to be an exciting and high quality place to work (and relax).
Under the previous planning approvals Thorpe Park would have expanded as a pure business park building only more offices, extending in many respects the site as you know it today. However, under a new masterplan planning approval secured in 2014, Thorpe Park is set to grow into a site that will benefit from a mix of new uses, with supporting infrastructure, services and facilities. Yes, more offices will be built ( there is room and now planning for just under another one million sqft ), but they will be accompanied by a range of leisure, retail and residential uses that ensure that Thorpe Park will be much more than a place to work. Exactly what the leisure and retail offer will consist of is yet to be ironed out, but expect to see the likes of cafes, restaurants, shops, another hotel (budget) and much more added to the site over the coming years. To give you an idea, here is a snippet of the new masterplan layout.
You will notice on that masterplan two more things. There will be an area of new housing built to the north of the site along the railway line, and over that railway line, a new road will be built. That road, which will initially link into Manston Lane (and beyond there Cross Gates) has always been planned, however the recent approval will ensure that it will be built and opened prior to any significant further development at Thorpe Park taking place. Opening up the new route through Thorpe Park and over the railway line to the north will provide an additional access point to the site, however importantly, it will also see new bus services extended through the site providing better access opportunities for all.
So, what work has started behind those hoardings? Before any building can start in earnest there is a need to prepare the site. Over the coming months there will therefore be a programme of tree felling, diversion of public rights of way, archaeological exploration and investigation, and ecological works to inspect and protect wildlife and plants. Whilst some of these works will continue for some time, there will also starting in May be a contract to extract coal from close to the surface. The coal will be removed via the roundabout at the top of Century Way and wagons will go directly off site via the M1 motorway (not down Century Way). This work will be part of the general levelling of the site ready for buildings.
As the plans progress, we will keep you up to date, so keep an eye out on ParkLife for the latest news. If in the meantime you do have any questions, please do not hesitate to let us know.