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1 September 2010

Rainton Bridge Business Park’s commitment to creating a high quality environment on site has helped it win the Best Business Park accolade at the Northumbria in Bloom Awards for the second year running.

The Sunderland business park, which is owned, developed and managed by international property group Goodman, through a successful partnership with City of Sunderland Council, maintained its gold medal standards for achievements in landscaping and the improvement of the public and private realm.

Rainton Bridge Business Park has recently welcomed RWE npower, who officially opened their 230,000 sq.ft new Rainton House facility this month, the regional base for housebuilders McInerney Homes and the location of the City of Sunderland’s e.volve Centre, which accommodates for more than 30 small high-growth technology companies.

The Northumbria in Bloom competition, now in its 40th year, is organised by The Royal Horticultural Society. The judges review sites across Northumberland, Durham, Tyne and Wear and Teeside before deciding which business park provides the most attractive setting for businesses, visitors and the local community.

Goodman’s location was praised by the judges for improving the environment for local residents, encouraging businesses to come to the north east and developing community spirit and pride in the local environment.

Niall McGilp, regional development director for Goodman, said:

“Winning this award for the second year running demonstrates Goodman’s commitment to creating quality working environments for companies at our parks. We strongly believe carefully landscaped office surroundings greatly enhance wellbeing and ultimately productivity and we have worked hard to maintain the excellent landscape quality at the site.”

The park’s success in the Northumbria in Bloom competition runs hand in hand with Goodman’s overall ‘Green’ credentials, which Niall McGilp believes are instilled in activity at Rainton Bridge Business Park:

“Working together with RWE npower and the Council, we have reduced congestion around the park through the launch of new public transport links offering commuters throughout the north east easy access to the site. Electric car charge points have been installed at RWE npower’s new offices  and there are plans to fit more points at the site’s e.volve Centre.”

Rainton Bridge Business Park, which is located on the A690 between Sunderland and Durham, is home to more than 2,300 staff. The site has more than 400,000 square feet of commercial property space, developed across seven buildings, with a remaining 20 acres of land still available for development.

Goodman, which owns, manages and develops more than 20 business and science parks across the UK, is now looking to target a range of potential new occupiers – including the region’s SMEs – by offering flexible deals and office space which is sub-divisible from 2,000 sq.ft. up to 90,000 sq.ft. according to the occupiers’ requirements.


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Matthew Pittam / Phil Addicott
The BIG Partnership
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About Goodman Group (ASX: GMG)

Goodman Group is an integrated property group with operations throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and the United Kingdom.

Goodman Group, comprised of the stapled entities Goodman International Limited and Goodman Industrial Trust is the largest industrial property group listed on Australian Stock Exchange and one of the largest listed industrial property groups globally.

Goodman’s global property expertise and integrated ‘own+develop+manage’ customer service philosophy ensures its customers receive an end-to-end solution to their property requirements. In Europe, Goodman has offices in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.

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