The responsibility of a business extends way beyond the workplace…

In the last blog, we looked at UK Land Estates’ measures to help lower emissions, combat energy costs and provide buildings that are exemplars of minimal environmental impact.

This week, it’s how we work hard to be good neighbours, good employers and help out with important projects, charities and organisations on our doorstep.

UK Land Estates’ Responsible Business Strategy, launched last year, helps us monitor and appraise progress – and part of that focuses on delivering positive social impact.

Our business impacts on employees, customers, stakeholders and the communities in which we operate…so we operate in ways that serve their interests as well as ours.

That may be by offering financial support to causes, providing community organisations with space or empowering staff to get involved in community projects and initiatives.

We contribute by:

  • Focusing sponsorship towards:
    • the disadvantaged
    • sport
    • young people
  • Sourcing locally – maintaining at least 75% of spend regionally
  • Being a responsible employer
  • Ensuring contractors and sub-contractors meet our expected standards.

So who does UK Land Estates work with? Dunston Boxing Club offers focus and personal growth for young people aged nine and up. The club outgrew its old premises, so we donated a 6,000sq ft unit to house the club and its 150+ members.

The North East Cyclo-Cross League (NECCL) – a not-for-profit run entirely by volunteers – provides races for cyclists of all ages. Hundreds of people have accessed fun and fitness-orientated competition. UKLE funds helped the organisation improve health and safety.

A partnership with the Greggs Foundation – a charitable trust operating in disadvantaged communities – saw UK Land Estates support the The Greggs Breakfast Club Programme, which provides more than 7.5 million breakfasts to schoolchildren every year. We sponsored two years’ worth of breakfasts for pupils of South Street Primary, a few miles from our HQ.

We are also committed to our region and helping it realise its economic potential:

  • Our investments align with the economic plans of NELEP and TVCA
  • UKLE estates are of a high standard and are great places to do business
  • We invest in getting to know tenants, their markets, challenges and opportunities so we provide the right accommodation at the right time. Tenants grow with us because we offer buildings fit for start-ups through to mature businesses
  • We innovate, actively participating in regional development and supporting and speaking up for our businesses and their communities.

UK Land Estates creates value in local supply chains by procuring regionally, building long-term relationships with local suppliers attuned to our needs.

We engage local contractors for development and refurbishment and source comms from the region. Suppliers chosen for their capabilities, track record and approach to responsible business practices… we do things right and we work with businesses that share our values.

This approach extends to our provision of skills training, apprenticeships and work placements. Where possible, we specify contractors should follow the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

Finally, UK Land Estates has a talented team, many working for the business for more than a decade, with low staff turnover demonstrating strong satisfaction.

That’s no accident. We give a lot of thought to creating a great place to work, achieved by:

  • Affording autonomy and decision-making responsibility to drive the business
  • Fostering a collaborative, constructive workplace
  • Empowering our people to contribute ideas
  • Providing flexible working to aid work/ life balance.

Current Developments

L7, Intersect 19, Tyne Tunnel Estate

Intersect 19 is a strategically located development adjacent to the arterial routes of A19 Tyne Tunnel and A1058 Coast Road. These are two high quality industrial units with office space.

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  • Type: Industrial/Distribution
  • Size: Two units of 4,484 sqm (48,255 sqft) and 6,769 sqm (72,865 sqft)
  • Location: Tyne Tunnel Estate, North Shields, NE29 7UT

Current Developments

Kingsway North, Team Valley

Kingsway North is a prime location, immediately off the A1. The prestigious address is being redeveloped into distinctively designed and substantially sized industrial units.

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  • Type: Industrial / Warehouse
  • Size: 2,788 sqm (30,009 sqft) to 5,539 sqm (59,620 sq ft)
  • Location: Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead, NE11 0BE

Previous Developments

Enterprise House, Team Valley

Enterprise House is at the heart of Team Valley, and is currently being redeveloped to provide newly refurbished high quality office space on the first floor, and new retail units on the ground floor. 

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  • Type: Retail / Offices
  • Size: Office: Suites from 68.7 sqm (740sqft) to 158 sqm (1,700 sqft) / Retail: Units 83 sqm (893 sqft) and 84 sqm (904 sqft)
  • Location: Team Valley Trading Estate, NE11 0SR

Previous Developments

Dukesway Central, Team Valley

Dukesway Central is located between two of Team Valley’s main thoroughfares. The 10 acre site is being developed to include upto 200,000 sqft of industrial and warehouse units.

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  • Type: Industrial / Warehouse
  • Size: 1,140.5 sqm (12,276 sqft) to 2,493 sqm (26,834 sqft)
  • Location: Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead, NE11 OPY

Previous Developments

Eighth Avenue West, Team Valley

Eighth Avenue West is a hi-spec industrial / distribution unit, with high office content, on this large area of land at the heart of the Team Valley.

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  • Type: Industrial / Distribution
  • Size: 4,910 sqm (52,851 sqft) - option to join site with Eighth Avenue East
  • Location: Eighth Avenue, Team Valley, Gateshead, NE11 0TU

Previous Developments

Mammoet, Teesside Estate

Transport giant Mammoet required new state-of-the-art headquarters. The six-acre facility was built to Mammoet’s specifications.

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  • Type: Warehouse / Office
  • Size: 3,100sqm (33,480sqft)
  • Location: Plot 5
    Teesside Estate

Previous Developments

Intersect 19, Tyne Tunnel

Intersect 19 is located in the Tyne Tunnel Estate, in the commercial hub of North Tyneside.

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  • Type: Warehouse / Manufacturing
  • Size: 4,912 sqm (52,874 sqft) up to 8,187 sqm (88,125 sqft)
  • Location: Tyne Tunnel Estate


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