50% pre-let at Sheffield Catalyst as Mirastar attracts occupiers ahead of completion

Catalyst, Sheffield Business Park, Sheffield.

Mirastar’s new Catalyst development in Sheffield is 50% pre let having secured its first two occupiers prior to completion.

Surfaces specialist Cosentino has become the first tenant to sign up to South Yorkshire’s newest £60m industrial scheme fronting Sheffield Parkway.

The scheme comprises of five units totalling 285,000 sq ft and Cosentino, whose Silestone, Dekton and Sensa worktop brands are known worldwide, has taken a 33,608 sq ft unit on the prime 18-acre site, which reaches practical completion at the end of the month.

JLA Group, a market leader in the supply and maintenance of commercial equipment, including laundry, catering, heating and fire safety equipment, has also secured 109,166 sq ft ahead of PC. This marks a significant investment for the Group who are expanding into their own facility to accommodate substantial business growth.

The Sheffield Catalyst development as a whole is expected to create around 500 jobs for the region.

Henry Watson, associate at M1 Agency, said: “We are delighted to have exchanged contracts with Cosentino on Unit 3 and JLA Ltd at Unit 1 prior to practical completion. Cosentino is a world leader in the production and distribution of engineered and other natural stone surfaces. JLA is a UK market leader in their field. Both are excellent occupiers for this prestigious new prime development.”

Rebecca Schofield, partner and head of the Yorkshire industrial team at Knight Frank, said: “Catalyst offers quality of space, but also the presence and access onto The Parkway, one of Sheffield’s main arterial routes.

“The market continues to show good demand for modern, highly specified and sustainable space for occupiers wanting growth or relocation opportunities, plus the opportunity to tap into excellent labour resources in the region.”

Rob Brophy of Mirastar added: “Sheffield Catalyst is an important scheme to deliver much needed new industrial warehouse facilities benefiting from excellent ESG credentials and unrivalled prominence and access to the Sheffield Parkway and the M1 Motorway. We’ve received strong occupier demand since commencing on site and it’s great to see the scheme come together as we near completion having successfully pre-let 50% of the scheme.”

Agents Knight Frank, Gent Visick and M1 are marketing the remaining three units of 22,448 sq ft, 28,309 sq ft and– 91,923 sq ft which are suitable for warehouse and distribution, general industrial and manufacturing.

Leading investor, developer and asset manager Mirastar committed to a multimillion-pound funding agreement last year to help deliver Catalyst, alongside developers Premcor and Peveril Securities.

Sheffield Parkway has recently undergone a £46m upgrade, widening to three lanes from J33 M1 to the Catcliffe Junction.

The high specification units boast target EPC rating ‘A’, minimum BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’, PIR controlled LED lighting to the offices and a rooftop solar PV system ready, reflecting the environmental demands from occupiers.

Units will have up to 50 KN floor loading, 8-15m eaves and fitted offices with mechanically ventilated systems, suspended ceilings and raised access floors. Externally the units will feature gated service yards with 24-hour access, security lighting, covered cycle shelter and on-site car parking.

Daniel Walker from Gent Visick added: “As we are getting close to practical completion, the units at Catalyst are generating significant interest which has resulted in the letting of Unit 1 and Unit 3. We can still accommodate a range of requirements ranging from 22,000 – 91,000 sq. ft. which benefit from strong ESG credentials and high specifications.”

Industrial occupiers in the area already include Tufnells, Great Bear, University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), UK Atomic Energy Authority (UK AEA) and University of Sheffield Factory 2050.

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