Huge industrial development to kick off on site of famous Spitfire engine factory near Glasgow

One of the largest industrial property developments in Scotland in recent years is set to kick off on the site of a famous aero-engine maker, providing space for scores of workers.

The development will be located on a site spanning more than six acres, at Hillington Park seven miles west of Glasgow city centre.

The location is already home to hundreds of organisations but developers hope to meet increasing demand from the industrial sector with the £14 million speculative new build, stretching to almost 133,000 square feet.

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The new Hillington West 100 & 200 development will see 13 units with large secure yards completed and available to the market by the first quarter of 2022. Building firm Muir Construction has been awarded the project.

The project will be the largest speculative new build industrial development at Hillington Park on the outskirts of Glasgow in more than 25 years. Picture: McAteer Photography

Up to 70 construction workers across all trades will be on site at any one time and more than 200 jobs are expected to be added to the Hillington Park workforce when the latest development is fully occupied.

Frasers Property UK purchased the majority of the Hillington Park estate in 2017.

Grant Edmondson, commercial director at Hillington Park, said: “The Hillington West 100 & 200 development is a substantial commitment to Hillington Park and the Glasgow industrial market by Frasers Property. It will deliver modern industrial accommodation built to high-quality sustainable specifications that occupiers are seeking.

“The site of the new development has a rich industrial heritage going back as far as 1939 when Rolls-Royce began manufacturing the Merlin aircraft engines for the likes of the Spitfire.

“Vacant for over 15 years, we are delighted now to be breathing new life into the estate and investing in a new industrial zone aimed at the modern manufacturing, last mile logistics, engineering and construction services sectors.

He added: “We know the market lacks a supply of high quality, modern premises with large, secure yards. With Hillington Park’s central location in the heart of Scotland’s busiest commercial region, we anticipate strong demand.

“This is the first phase with scope to offer a further 360,000 sq ft of new industrial development in the new Hillington West zone over the next few years.”

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