New units at Lancashire Business Park honour Leyland's proud automotive history

Thursday, November 12, 2020

New industrial units at Lancashire Business Park will be called Sumner Point after the founder of Leyland Motors.

The development will provide superb new facilities for businesses when it opens in early 2021.

It has been named after James Sumner to retain the site's links with the past as the home of Leyland Motors. Leyland-born Sumner built his first steam-driven wagon in the town in 1884. He later worked with the Spurrier family to set up the Lancashire Steam Motor Company, which was renamed Leyland Motors Ltd in 1907.

Sumner Point is being constructed on a two-acre development site in a prominent location on Enterprise Drive, the main road through the former Leyland Trucks site in Farington near Leyland.

The new development will be a welcome addition to the fully let industrial park, offering eight new industrial and warehouse units, with between 3,000 square feet and 36,300 square feet of high-quality accommodation to let.

Lancashire Business Park offers excellent access to the motorway network and is owned by Lancashire County Developments Limited (LCDL), the economic development company for Lancashire County Council.

County Councillor Tim Ashton, chairman of LCDL, said: "It's highly appropriate that our new development recognises the proud history of Leyland Motors at this site.

"This is already a popular business park and with these new units we'll be able to meet the demand for more space for small and medium-size businesses to grow and develop."

County Councillor Michael Green, Lancashire County Council cabinet member for economic development, environment and planning, said: "Sumner Point recognises one of this area's greatest success stories, and I look forward to it becoming home to many more thriving businesses when it opens next year.

"The units will be equipped with everything that modern businesses need, with high-speed broadband connections and electric vehicle charging points, as well as being partially solar powered."

Construction is being carried out by the Bamber Bridge-based company Eric Wright Group, through the county council's Strategic Partnership Agreement.

John Wilson, managing director of Eric Wright Construction, said: "This scheme has been developed in partnership with Lancashire County Council to ensure we have a better understanding of the market and what’s required to meet local needs and is one of a number of schemes already delivered by us through the Lancashire Regeneration Property Partnership (LRPP).

“Working on this project throughout lockdown has created a whole new set of challenges. However, we are delighted that these new industrial and warehouse facilities will provide real benefits to encourage new business into the area early next year."

Find out more about the business park and the work of LCDL.

Or visit commercial agents managing the lettings of these units at

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