Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA) is to mark its golden anniversary by investing nearly £4 million in a new head office and workshop. HETA expects to move by Easter 2018 to premises in Dansom Lane South, Hull, which were previously occupied by the Eltherington Group.
Garness Jones acted for Eltherington Group in respect of the sale, and are familiar with the new site having advised on the disposal strategy for all Eltherington’s vacated properties at Dansom Lane South following the move to Hedon Road.
Dave Garness, Managing Director of Garness Jones, said: “It is a well-established industrial site and we identified it as a property which would be a great fit for HETA. There were a few issues to resolve around the access but these were soon resolved as a result of the seller and purchaser working imaginatively and positively. “We wish HETA every success in building on what is already a very successful business and hope the new premises deliver everything they need and expect.
Iain Elliott, Chief Executive of HETA, said the new home will provide his organisation with nearly 34,000 square feet of space to increase numbers of apprentices and adult learners and to improve services to employers. He said: “We are embarking on this exciting project because we are committed to improving our services to employers and to our learners and to making a significant contribution to raising skills across the Humber region. “The business has grown over the last 50 years and we need to be able to continue to offer different types of provision, such as renewables, in addition to traditional industry. We also offer higher education qualifications now and we are doing a lot more adult courses than we used to, upskilling people to meet the needs of employers across the region.”
HETA moved to its current, purpose-built site in Copenhagen Road, Hull, 1978. It also owns a centre at Foxhills, Scunthorpe, which opened in 2014 and it leases a third site at CATCH in Stallingborough.
Hull accommodates more than half of HETA’s 200 first-year apprentices, who make up a total of 650 working at the company’s centres and with employers, who now number 300. Iain said: “Copenhagen Road is not big enough for what we want to do and the new site will give us twice as much space. We looked at the property market and Garness Jones found some options for us. Our priorities were size and the ability to convert the premises to meet our needs with relative ease.”
HETA has agreed an initial funding package with Santander Corporate & Commercial to seal the acquisition. Leading Humber law firm Bridge McFarland Solicitors acted for HETA.