Another huge jobs boost for Northamptonshire as logistics giant Maersk moves in
Deal signed for biggest unit on warehouse park near A14
Northamptonshire is set for another major jobs boost after news a logistics giant Maersk is moving in to the county.
The Danish company, which operates in 130 countries around the world, has signed a deal to take on a warehouse in Kettering.
Maersk has acquired the biggest warehouse at Crossfire 14 — the site formerly known as Cransley Park adjacent to the A14.
It follows last week's news of 300 custody officer jobs being up for grabs at the new Leys prison next to the A45 in Wellingborough.
Our sister paper, the Northamptonshire Telegraph reported Maersk is taking on the 101,134 sq ft unit to satisfy increased demand for warehousing from its clients.
The exact number of jobs created has yet tto be confirmed.
But Richard Baker, director of property consultants Prop-Search who are acting as letting agents, said: “This delivers another major boost of inward investment and will undoubtedly provide significant economic growth in the region leading to further job creation."
The deal means two of the site's five warehouses are filled after commercial refrigeration specialist Capital Cooling moved its warehouse and logistical operations to Northamptonshire.
Two more units at Crossfire 14 are also under offer.
Mr Baker added: "The region continues to cement its position as a key strategic logistics location in the country and Crossfire 14 delivers with a gateway position where the A43 crosses the A14.”
Costa Coffee became the first business to open at the warehouse park last year, with a new car showroom also planned to open there.
A petrol station also features on the Crossfire 14 plans along with the development of Cransley Court, a range of small to medium-sized business units of between 2,500 sq ft and 16,250 sq ft.
Plans to build a business park there, which originally included a hotel, were first submitted in 2006 and later won planning approval from Kettering Council.
It stood empty for many years before work finally started and the 270,000 sq ft warehouse park, speculatively built by St Francis Group and the Richardson family, was officially declared open for business in 2019.
Last year the site was sold to a Tristan Capital Partners fund as part of a massive £68m deal.