Timber firm goes nuts for new base

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A South Yorkshire industrial site once used for the production of KP Nuts has been sold to a Rotherham manufacturer of timber garden buildings in a £1.3m deal.

The 152,000 sq ft site on Chesterton Road in Rotherham has been snapped up by Timber Garden Buildings, a manufacturer of garden sheds, summerhouses, garden storage and timber products to the trade.

The five-acre site includes three buildings, offices, a canteen, gatehouse and loading area and car park.

Graham Vernon, managing director of Timber Garden Buildings Ltd, said: “The Chesterton Road site is perfectly positioned for our operations and enables us to expand the business through a more suitable manufacturing base and distribution set up.”

The site was sold on behalf of Prospect Estates Limited, a West Yorkshire Property Investment company, by the Sheffield office of Knight Frank with Wake Smith Solicitors completing the legal work for Timber Garden Buildings Ltd and Addlestone Keane Solicitors acting for Prospect Estates.

Ben White, senior surveyor at Knight Frank, said: “We originally acted on the sale of the Chesterton Road site to Prospect Estates when it was disposed of by KP Nuts. And we further assisted Tim Whittaker at Prospect Estates by subsequently letting the units to Royal Mail for about three months before the sale to Timber Garden Buildings. So we have been on quite a journey to reach this point.”

Tom Weightman, solicitor at Wake Smith, said: “We saw this as a great project which has enabled our client to reach new standards.”