Two businesses have signed leases for new warehouses at Dunsbury Park in Havant, Hampshire, a Solent Freeport tax site. Inchcape, an EV service centre and Percussion Play, musical instrument manufacturing firm, are set to join the Portsmouth City Council 100-acre business park this year.
Automotive company Inchcape has taken 19,017sq ft at Unit 502 as it creates a dedicated electric vehicle servicing centre. Percussion Play, an outdoor musical instrument manufacturer and exporter is expanding its business by taking 26,430 sq. ft at Unit 501.
Dunsbury Park is located within Solent Freeport which also includes a customs zone at Portsmouth International Port and Portico. Solent Freeport aims to become a hub for global trade and to accelerate the creation of high-quality employment space, with investment specifically targeted at growth sectors and ground-breaking approaches to decarbonisation and green innovation.
Portsmouth City Council has developed the park. The site is also home to the UK HQ of clothing brand Fat Face, DPD, Breeze Motor Group and bio-medical manufacturer Bio-Pure.
Leader of Portsmouth City Council with responsibility for economic development, Cllr Steve Pitt, said:
“We’re excited to welcome two new tenants to Dunsbury Park and have an eclectic mix of top-rated occupiers, providing valuable employment opportunities in the region and supporting the local economy.
“There’s now only one existing unit remaining, which is built to a best-in-class specification, with Freeport benefits available to qualifying businesses. I don’t envisage the unit being available for long.”
Simon Priest from Inchcape added:
“Our EV service centre at Dunsbury Park will really complement our dealership’s offering for customers. The quality of the building as well as being in an easily accessible location is exactly the type of experience we want for our customers.”
“While we were looking to expand our business,” said Jody Ashfield from Percussion Play, “it’s the quality of the location and local amenities which complement our brand that also attracted us to the site. The emphasis on providing quality outdoor space and a business park environment make Dunsbury Park an attractive place to grow within.”
Leader of Havant Borough Council, Councillor Alex Rennie, said: “The arrival of two new businesses at Dunsbury Park is fantastic news for the borough and its residents. As well as having a significant impact on enhancing local employment skills, it will provide a major boost in attracting inward investment.”
Dunsbury Park has one remaining warehouse available. Unit 500 is developed to BREEAM Excellent standard offering 33,205 sq. ft of space. Colliers and LSH are joint agents for the site.
James Haestier from Colliers Industrial team is marketing the site along with LSH. He said:
“One of the things that prospective tenant’s comment on is the quality of the developments at Dunsbury Park. Not only is it a great location for access across Portsmouth and the surrounding area, but the units have been developed to a Grade A+ specification. There are not many opportunities like this in the area and with the financial incentives available I am not surprised that two units have already been let.”
Elise Evans, director in LSH’s Industrial team commented: “Having been involved in the site for many years and witnessed such an impressive transformation where Dunsbury Park provides a working environment that promotes and encourages health and welling, supporting occupiers on delivering ESG to its employees and customers, we are delighted Inchcape and Percussion Play chose Dunsbury Park and look forward to welcoming a new tenant for Unit 500.”