£10 million Beacon sets new standards in office market

Jan 15 2016
By: Angela Leeman
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A £10 million office campus which has already provided headquarters for two organisations and around 200 staff is now attracting renewed interest after completion of the remaining two buildings.

PDR Construction is putting the finishing touches to the external amenities at The Beacon in Brighton Street, Hull, for client Horncastle Group which launched the project two years ago with help from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Garness Jones of Hull are marketing the new buildings as joint agents with JLL and are citing the success stories of the City Health Care Partnership (CHCP) and intermodal logistics specialists InterBulk to highlight the benefits for big players.

Ian Hodges, Managing Director of Horncastle Group, said: ‘The Beacon is a £10 million project and because it was supported by the ERDF we were able to deliver the quality which you would not otherwise achieve in this market.

‘The buildings are being promoted as headquarters or as offices for large employers because the first two properties have shown what is possible. There is an ample supply of small and medium-sized office buildings available in Hull, however at The Beacon we wanted to provide buildings suitable for larger businesses which historically have had very little choice in the market.’

David Garness, Managing Director of Garness Jones, said CHCP and InterBulk were attracted by accessibility and affordability at The Beacon.

He said: ‘The CHCP found that it was more cost-effective to buy their own headquarters at The Beacon than to continue renting and InterBulk saw their move as an affordable means of relocating into modern premises and staying in Hull.

‘Between them CHCP and InterBulk have brought about 200 people onto the site and the new offices are capable of adding between and 200 and 300 more people to the campus.

‘The facilities are a step up from anything else which is currently available. The Beacon is a bit different from other space and gives very good value for money. It is high specification but is available at market value whether you are renting or buying.’

The CHCP moved into the first building of 15,000 square feet on the site in January 2014 and InterBulk moved into 10,000 square feet in October that year. The third office provides 15,779 square feet and the final building, which was completed just before Christmas, is 10,463 square feet. Each is self-contained and has its own dedicated parking.

Amenities which have been added to the site include a Marston’s pub and restaurant and outlets for KFC, Costa and Burger King. Mr Hodges said another operator will open later this year.

He added: ‘We have been delighted with the performance of PDR Construction. They have delivered the buildings on time, on budget and to standard in terms of the quality of construction that we were looking for.’

Paul Dransfield, Managing Director of PDR Construction, said: ‘We have been involved with The Beacon for three years and it stands out as excellent example of developer, funder and contractor working together and delivering a quality office destination on this gateway site into Hull’.

‘When Horncastle, working with ERDF, pushed the button in early 2013 it was the first speculative office development in the area for more than five years and now, three years on, the team have delivered 70,000 square feet of Grade A office space which has attracted some prestigious tenants and attracted award nominations for outstanding design’.

‘The completed development is a shining example of great team work between Horncastle and PDR and our design team The Harris Partnership and JPG Consulting Engineers.‘

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The Beacon skyline changes again

Jul 28 2015
By: Angela Leeman
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Horncastle Group are well underway with the final office building at The Beacon, Hull and the steel frame is now complete.

With completion set for November 2015, more Grade A office space will soon be available with options from 3,300sqft to 10,463sqft over three floors.

To enquire about space available at The Beacon, please call us on 01482 631295 or for more information visit or follow us @TheBeaconHull on Twitter.

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Construction begins on fourth and final prestigious office building at The Beacon in Hull

Jun 05 2015
By: Ahmad Majidiasl
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Works have commenced on the final one of four grade A office buildings that have been in development since 2013 at The Beacon in Hull.

Office Four will offer high quality office space of 3,300 to 10,463 sq.ft, with the building available to occupy as a whole or in suites of 3,300 sq.ft.

PDR Construction, from Hull, who have developed the previous three office buildings, won the tender for Office Four which is due to be practically complete by the end of September 2015.

Office occupiers at The Beacon include City Health Care Partnership in Office One and Interbulk Group in Office Two. Office Three is currently available and on the market offering 5,000 – 15,779 sq.ft of grade A office space, which is of limited supply in the East Yorkshire region.

The headquarter office development is located on Brighton Street in Hull, in the heart of a vibrant business area. The Beacon is situated opposite St. Andrews Quay, which is home to the likes of Currys, B&Q and Laura Ashley, with an ASDA superstore is also located near-by.

Leisure amenities within The Beacon itself include a KFC, Costa Coffee and a Marstons Pub & Restaurant, with Plot 2 sold for a further drive-thru restaurant to be developed.

The Beacon has a great profile to the Clive Sullivan Way A63, and this provides a business with great access and high visibility.

To enquire about office space available at The Beacon, please call 01482 631295.

For more information, visit or follow The Beacon on Twitter @TheBeaconHull.

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Office Three Professional Photographs

May 20 2015
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Office Three at The Beacon in Hull is now available for sale or to let. The building offers 15,000 sq.ft of high quality, grade a office space, able to split into suites from 5,000 sq.ft. Join City Health Care Partnership and Interbulk Group at this head-quarter office development. To enquire, please call 01482 631295.C2418_240315_010






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Office 3

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CBRE – Wellbeing top priority as workplace strategies on the up

May 15 2015
By: Ahmad Majidiasl
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A report published earlier in the year by CBRE, based on its latest annual European Occupier Survey, shows employee well-being has risen up the agenda for company strategies with workplace strategies becoming increasingly more important in the retention & attraction of staff and when making real estate decisions.

Respondents for the CBRE research were mainly Western Europe and North American companies within multiple sectors, the largest of these being professional services, banking and finance, technology and telecommunications.

There has been a shift from previous times where cost was the main driver for core business strategy, potentially affecting the relationship between a business and its staff negatively. The workforce now plays a large role in location, with 33% of respondents stating cost of labour or labour shortage had an effect on location of a business.

65% of company’s researched also stated factors such as: amenity rich locations, quality work space and transport accessibility are increasingly sought by companies for building selection and to attract the younger generation.

We believe workspace and location should both be high on the agenda for any business looking to improve staff productivity and retention, or attract the younger generation. Staff wellbeing is key for maximum performance, and having a workplace that provides high quality space can be essential for business growth.

Relating to challenges with workforce and quality work space, an issue City Health Care Partnership (CHCP) had before re-locating to The Beacon offices was a lack of space at its previous office building. An environment where it’s 100+ business centre staff could communicate efficiently was lacking, therefore Horncastle provided open plan office space with quirky and modern interior features to improve performance, functionality and boost staff morale. Check out CHCP’s workspace here.

Location, environment, amenities, transport links and quality space are all intricate spokes of a wheel; equally important for a workplace strategy and vital to retain existing & attract new staff to improve business performance.

To read the full article on staff well-being by CBRE, please click here.

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Third Grade A Office Building Reaches Practical Completion

Apr 20 2015
By: Ahmad Majidiasl
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Horncastle Group plc have developed the third of four grade A office buildings at The Beacon in Hull. Contractors PDR finished the high specification building on time and budget in March 2015.

Office Three is 15,779 sq.ft (net) and is currently the only grade A speculative building in East Yorkshire available for immediate occupation.

Office suites of 5,000 sq.ft are available to occupy on a floor-by-floor split basis and an occupier has the option to take the ground floor suite with a separate entrance to the side of the main entrance, providing exclusive access and a reception area.

The benefits of occupying office space at The Beacon include:

  • High profile location adjacent to A63 Brighton Street interchange
  • Grade A office space
  • BREEAM Very Good rating
  • High quality internal/external finishes
  • Energy performance certified A
  • Fast broadband connection
  • Raised Access Flooring
  • Comfort cooling & intelligent lighting systems
  • Leisure amenities at The Beacon inc. KFC, Costa Coffee & The Red Sails
  • Great transport links and access to the A63/M62
  • A headquarter location only 1 mile west of Hull City Centre
  • On-site parking

At Horncastle we are extremely proud to be able to deliver high quality offices for businesses in the region such as Interbulk and City Health Care Partnership, who occupy Offices One and Two.

The Beacon has been developed with part funding from the European Regional Development Fund 2007-2013.

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New Totem Lights Up The Beacon

Mar 04 2015
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It has been an exciting couple of weeks at The Beacon as a large new totem sign has been erected at this modern business park & office development in Hull. The totem sign stands at a staggering 12 ½ meters tall and illuminates when the night rolls in, meaning high visibility from the surrounding area.

The new totem can be seen from the main dual carriage way heading in and out of Hull City Centre (take a look next time you’re passing!), and heralds the start of the finish at this modern office development. With Office Three completing in April and Office Four set to complete by September, along with a second drive-thru restaurant and a hybrid office/industrial building, The Beacon office and leisure park is due to be fully developed by the end of this year.

The totem sign introduces The Beacon and welcomes visitors driving into Hull to one of the most prime business parks in East Yorkshire. With a shortage of Grade A office space in East Yorkshire, The Beacon offers the perfect headquarter environment in an excellent location with fast access to the A63 and M62. Take a look at pictures below of the totem sign during the construction process. If you are interested in learning more about how The Beacon can help your business grow, please call 01482 631295.

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Office Three Progress Pictures

Feb 02 2015
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Progress of the brand new Grade A office building at The Beacon in Hull. The building has a total net area of 15,700 sq.ft, able to split into small suites of 5,000 sq.ft. The building has also been designed with the capability of two separate entrances, meaning one exclusive entrance/reception area and an option for another shared entrance/reception area depending on requirements. Office Three will be ready for occupation in April 2015.

Office 3 Progress (January 2015)

Office 3 (Far Building) Progress - January 2015


Office 3 (Far Building) Progress - January 2015

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Horncastle Group: 2014 in review

Jan 06 2015
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A statement from our Managing Director, Ian Hodges:

“2014 was a busy year for the company as we accelerate development at The Beacon in Hull and Green Park in Newport, creating a firm foundation for further progress in 2015, In addition, we also celebrated the 50thanniversary of the business. Progress at The Beacon, Green Park and Ozone was fuelled by further injection of funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which will help deliver the best new office, industrial and warehouse space in the region.”

Our Developments

The Beacon Hull:

Development has continued to flow smoothly on the headquarter office and leisure park The Beacon, in Hull, over the past year. What started as a speculative development and one where plenty of risks were concerned in terms of developing an entirely new business park from scratch, the site has become home to global leisure operators KFC and Costa Coffee, as well as a Marston’s pub and restaurant; The Red Sails Carvery. More importantly, 2014 saw the first two office buildings (comprising over 25,000 sq.ft combined) constructed and occupied by City Health Care Partnership in Office 1, and Interbulk Group in Office 2. Interbulk has moved its global dry bulk headquarters to The Beacon, and we are very proud to have been able to provide Interbulk with its brand new head-quarter facility.

This year The Beacon will see a brand new drive-thru restaurant built on Plot 2 along with a further 25,000 sq.ft of high quality, grade A office space in the form of Offices 3 & 4. An 18,000 sq.ft hybrid facility for office and industrial use on Plot 6 is also due to be developed. With a shortage of Grade A quality office space in Hull & East Yorkshire, we recognise that the best businesses need the best buildings to grow.

We are expecting this premium office and leisure business park will be fully developed by the end of 2015.

Green Park Newport:

Over the past year, the new 18 acre business park of formerly developed land, situated off Junction 38 on the M62, has made great progress and contractors are currently on site constructing to 10 unique Eco-Offices of 450-900 sq.ft each and a 20,000 sq.ft Eco-Industrial unit by April 2015; comprising the first phase of development. Green Park is also a speculative development which again has been part funded by ERDF. The Eco Offices will offer small businesses in the area to buy or rent an energy efficient, high quality office of 450 sq.ft or 900 sq.ft. The industrial and warehouse space of 10,000-20,000 sq.ft will offer a business a new building in a prime location, with great access to the motorway network.  Green Park will be established in next few years as a hub for business in the Newport/North Cave areas and the rest of the land will be developed in the near future to provide more office, industrial, warehouse and leisure space in this growing employment area, so keep an eye out!

Ozone Howden:

Since works began 2006, Ozone Business Park in Howden has been recognised for its great location and access to the motorway networks, becoming home to giants Warburtons, Image Data Group and more recently in 2014, global delivery company TNT. Ozone Business Park has fully serviced plots available between 1 and 6 acres, with Design & Build packages available or simple sale of the plots. Situated on the doorstep of the M62, Ozone Business Park offers the best quality and efficient industrial and warehousing facilities in the growing Goole/Howden business hub.

What’s in store for 2015?

We are very excited by the amount of speculative development completed in 2014 and carried forward in our development pipeline for 2015. It is certainly going to be a busy one and another year to build on our reputation and demonstrate why our commercial property developments throughout Hull & East Yorkshire provide progressive businesses with the best buildings and best facilities to expand and grow.

Happy New Year from everyone at the Horncastle Group. We look forward to speaking to you about any property requirements you may have as the year progresses.

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The Beacon Office 3 – UPDATE [PICTURES]

Dec 05 2014
By: Ahmad Majidiasl
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The third of four brand new grade A office buildings at The Beacon in Hull, is over half way to completion now and will be ready for occupation at the end of March 2015.

Office 3 offers 5,000 – 15,779 sq.ft of high quality, grade A premium office space. The building is available for sale or to let and is able to be split into three separate floors depending on your requirements.

Take a look at our Gallery section for more pictures of Office 1 and Office 2 exterior and interior.

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