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Property developer takes the lead on Beckwith Park development
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Adelaide commercial property developer, Jeremy Blanks has been appointed chief executive of Beckwith Park, one of the state’s most innovative industry and business parks, based in the Barossa Valley.
Jeremy brings more than 15 years of national and international experience in large-scale residential, commercial and industrial property development to the role, most recently with Baulderstone and Kinsmen.
“I’m a huge believer in this project,” Jeremy said. “It’s the only park of its size and scale in country South Australia and is right in the middle of one of the fastest growing regional centres in Australia.
“Given the nature of the Barossa and the size and influence of the current Beckwith Park tenants: Fosters Wine Estates, Tarac Technologies, The Wine Clinic and Enartis Pacific, it’s a great re-location opportunity.
“But it isn’t just about wine – Beckwith Park is first and foremost a flexible business park suitable for a whole range of tenants from food manufacturers to retail, transport and logistics, packaging and research and development.”
“Despite the challenging times we have received strong enquiry from a range of prospective tenants and are in active negotiations for a significant portion of the park.
“The connectivity to the northern Adelaide industrial boom and the links between the Barossa and Port Adelaide via the new northern expressway will mean we can offer a cost competitive alternative to city-based business and industrial parks.
“Other advantages are our advanced environmental credentials such as water recycling and effluent management, the availability of a range of quality accommodation and the stable, skilled workforce of the region.
The 70,000 square metre Beckwith Park project was officially launched in July last year under the management of well known Adelaide property developer Damien Brown who has stepped down to focus on other varied projects.
“I’m comfortable that I’m leaving the project in professional hands,” Damien said. “I’m going to be spending a lot of time with Jeremy in the handover period to ensure a seamless transition for the significant opportunities already established and really believe that the outlook is very strong for the success of Beckwith Park given the demand for quality regional commercial leasing opportunities.”
Formerly the white winemaking facility for brands such as Penfolds, Lindemans and Tollana, Beckwith Park has world class dry goods, temperature controlled and refrigerated warehouse storage facilities along with a fully functioning bottling hall and laboratory and more than 7,500 square metres of office space. Beckwith Park also has the capabilities to custom build any part of the existing site to suit the individual requirements of a tenant.