Leading Belfast flour miller, Neill’s Flour, has today announced that it is making a significant investment and expanding its operations by taking a large 16,000 sq ft unit in Titanic Quarter’s Channel Commercial Park.
The move comes as demand for its products increases due to a rise in the popularity of home baking.
Located five minutes from George Best Belfast City Airport and with direct access to the region’s two main motorways, Titanic Quarter attracts a diverse range of businesses keen to base and expand their operations in Northern Ireland.
ABF Grain Products Limited, which trades as Neill’s Flour, is a well-known producer of traditional flours and mixes for baking. The company has been milling in College Place North since 1867. In 2017 Neill’s Flour celebrated its 150th year supplying quality flour products from the same site in the heart of Belfast.
The company is now looking ahead and the new warehouse facility is just the beginning of several major plans for the future.
The unit, which will allow the company to store finished flour products, comprises a portal frame warehouse offering 6m eaves height with two-storey offices and a kitchen area. It benefits from onsite car parking and a concrete surfaced shared circulation area.
James Eyre, commercial director at Titanic Quarter, Karl McCrum, sales and marketing manager at Neill’s Flour and Andrew Gawley, associate director at Lisney Belfast.
Karl McCrum, sales and marketing manager at Neill’s Flour [ABF Grain Products Limited], commented:
“When we started looking for extra storage space our priority was to make sure that we were as close to our city centre operations as we could be. Belfast city centre has been home to us since 1867 and we continue to produce many of our products here. Having a new warehouse nearby was essential. Titanic Quarter’s Channel Commercial Park offered us the size and scale of storage space we need as we grow.”
James Eyre, commercial director at Titanic Quarter, said:
“Neill’s Flour is a fantastic addition to Channel Commercial Park and we are delighted to support the company’s expansion. Having one of the leading local food production companies secure space with us demonstrates the versatility of the offering we have.
“The high quality of the units and the strategic location, which is so close to Neill’s Flour’s long-established mill in the city centre, has proven to be of great appeal as the business grows.”
Commercial property agents Lisney and CBRE have been jointly appointed by Titanic Quarter to market Channel Commercial Park.
Andrew Gawley, associate director at Lisney Belfast, acted on this transaction. He commented:
“We’re excited to add Neill’s Flour to the roster at the park. In recent months we have seen Noblett’s of North Street coming to the park for the first time and Actavo expanding its presence there. We’re not surprised at the growing number of high profile occupiers making Channel Commercial Park their home.
“The scale and convenience of the park makes it very attractive to a wide range of potential occupiers and the units have a huge appeal to a host of different industries, from warehousing to manufacturing and from logistics to film and TV production.
“George Best City Airport and Belfast Harbour are literally on your doorstep and you can get into Belfast City Centre in five minutes. Add to this direct access to Northern Ireland’s major motorway links you’ll not find a site with better connections.
“Presently we’ve a limited number of units available so we would urge those interested to make enquires as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.”