New occupiers secured for Frenchgate offices

Rail, freight, and logistics giants Freightliner will base its Operational Training Academy in the 8,000 sq ft office space.

New occupiers have taken space in the commercial office space at the Frenchgate shopping centre in Doncaster.

Rail, freight, and logistics giants Freightliner has taken 8,000 sq ft office space on a ten-year lease. Its Operational Training Academy will be based in Frenchgate, creating an increase in footfall.

As part of the relocation, Freightliner has overhauled the previously unused space. A key feature is a training simulator which will be used to upskill drivers on the operation ETCS fitted locomotives, as well as less frequent railway events and applying classroom learning in a practical and safe environment.

Also signing up for Frenchgate office space is Prospect, the trade union that supports and represents 155,000 members in the science, engineering, technology, and other specialist sectors.

Prospect is taking 400 sq ft of office space, with eight new members of staff set to work from the Centre in its Yorkshire and North East regional office.

Completing the trio of new office signings is Doncaster City Council, which has taken a one-year lease on meeting room space.


Ian Leech, marketing manager for Frenchgate, said: "It's fantastic to welcome these new organisations to the Centre.

"As a shopping centre, I think it's easy for people to forget that we also have fantastic commercial office space as well as retail available at Frenchgate. Not only does it bring new life into the Centre, but increased footfall is fantastic for our retailers and is also for Doncaster city centre."

Cara Cohen, assistant business change manager for Freightliner Group Ltd, added: "We're very happy to open our new Operational Training Academy right here within Frenchgate.

"The centre is an iconic landmark within central Doncaster, has fantastic transport links being connected to the railway station and is ideally located for access to the M18 motorway. We look forward to using this space to connect with our north-based staff and the Doncaster community."

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