Kier Property has achieved four new lettings at its Trade City scheme in Luton.Evolution Ceramics has taken unit 3, Euro Taste Limited has taken unit 7 and Gopuff has taken unit 10 and Dnata has taken unit 13.
Evolution Ceramics is a manufacturer and exporter of the ceramic and porcelain tiles and quartz stone. Euro Taste is part of a family-owned group of food manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors based in the UK, Germany and the Middle East. Gopuff is a consumer goods and food delivery company operating in the United States and England and Dnata is an Emirati airport services provider which provides aircraft ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering services across five continents.
Kier Property acquired the six acres of land in Luton from Downton in May 2019 and developed the
120,000 sq ft. scheme. This is Kier Property’s first industrial project in Luton and the entire scheme is expected to create approximately 252 jobs and is now 60% let.
Leigh Thomas, managing director for Kier Property commented: “These are great brands and we’re very proud to welcome them to our Trade City scheme. These additional occupiers join Ether Worldwide, who acquired three units and Grant and Stone who occupies unit five and proves that the online-supermarket-click trend, following COVID-19 is here to stay.”
Kier Property currently has a £1.5bn pipeline and has developed more than six million sq ft in the industrial sector across 48 schemes in the UK. In addition to Luton (BREEAM Very Good), Kier has been selected by Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to design and construct £92.8m major new 16,700m2 clinical buildings at Luton & Dunstable (L&D) University Hospital.
Kier is also currently working on the Luton DART project, which is delivering in joint venture with VolkerFitzpatrick under the name VolkerFitzpatrick Kier (VFK). Throughout project delivery, VFK has kept social value at the heart of its operations. The Luton DART Construction Skills Hub was launched as part of the project and through it 720 local people were provided with the skills needed to help them enter the construction industry. As part of the programme, VFK also created over 80 permanent new jobs for local apprentices, graduates and other new entrants to the industry.