Work on a new job-creating office building within a Darlington business park has been completed.
The Baldwin office at Lingfield Point business park has been converted from a former industrial unit by London real estate funds manager Frogmore.
The new 26,000 sq ft office has the potential to bring 300 jobs to the town.
Property agents Knight Frank and Cushman & Wakefield are marketing the space internationally to find a tenant.
Patrick Matheson, partner at Knight Frank Newcastle, said: “This new office is very contemporary with exposed services and lots of natural light. The single-floor layout makes it well suited to a customer service provider and possibly a company that is considering ‘north-shoring’ or ‘re-shoring’ its operation to make it more efficient.
“Whilst businesses begin to reassess their office structures to accommodate more flexible ways of working, firms will clearly give greater attention to operational risk in the aftermath of the pandemic. This could ultimately drive additional demand into the UK regions, as business strategies may conclude that spreading workforces across a greater number of smaller regional offices could improve resilience.”
Lingfield Point is already home to major occupiers such as Student Loans Company, Capita and Wood Group and is next door to Amazon’s £120m fulfilment centre on Symmetry Park.
Greg Davison, partner at Cushman’s added: “For any occupier looking to locate their business in the UK regions, Darlington, and Lingfield Point in particular, offers a fantastic opportunity.
“It offers a strong labour pool, combined with an enviable life/work balance for staff, all within easy reach of London and the wider region via the East Coast mainline.”