Work begins on 400,000 sq ft smart logistics development at Eclipse Doncaster

Construction of a state-of-the-art 405,411 sq ft distribution and logistics facility has started within the 618-acre Unity masterplan area.

Building contractor Bowmer & Kirkland has been appointed to deliver the smart scheme. CBRE’s Industrial team in Leeds, alongside Colliers, are joint agents for the Grade A industrial space, acting for Blackbrook and Rula Developments.

Planning consent was granted in December 2022 for the speculative development unit, which is scheduled for completion in January 2024 and is expected to achieve a BREEAM Excellent certification and EPC A Rating.

Blackbrook is a specialist investment firm focused on future-proof supply chain infrastructure across Europe. Doncaster-based Rula is a commercial developer focused on identifying and developing sites across the UK for immediate development or for medium to longer-term strategic development.

The building will include 381,150 sq ft of warehouse/industrial space with 24,000 sq ft of supporting office space. It will have capacity for up to 100% coverage of roof solar PV panels, and will have 256 car parking spaces and 26 EV charging points on site.

Eclipse will offer access to both the M1 and M62, being located at Junction 5 of the M18.

The site sits within the 618-acre Unity masterplan area being advanced by Waystone and Hargreaves Land, one of the region’s largest strategic developments.

Mike Baugh, executive director in CBRE Leeds’ industrial team, said that Eclipse will bring “much-needed” space to the regional market, adding that “Eclipse offers market-leading sustainability credentials, designed specifically to reduce energy use, mitigate climate risk and boost biodiversity”.

Alice Vacani, vice president at Blackbrook said: “We prioritise sustainability at the design, construction and operations of our assets which perfectly align with the growing needs and demands of customers. The development is strategically located with prime highway connections, providing a gateway to the region and wider UK logistics network.”

Rula’s managing director Ben Ward concluded: “With limited speculative development taking place within the industrial and logistics sector, at a time of severe supply shortages, we are proud to be driving forwards with this extensive unit.”

For more information visit:

Unity Yorkshire:

The award-winning Unity Yorkshire is one of the UK's largest mixed use regeneration schemes covering an area of approximately 250 hectares (618 acres).

The development provides exciting opportunities for commercial and industrial business, residential, retail and leisure developments.

To learn more about Unity Yorkshire please click the button below: