by Richard Buckley, Editor, Business Eye

Ulster Bank is supporting construction and property group Turkington with a multi-million-pound investment that has led to the expansion of James Park in Portadown through the development of a 7,000 square metre logistics warehouse at the Mahon Road site. The warehouse facility was developed by Turkington Group and Ulster Bank is providing funding facilities.


The new logistics hub includes a state-of-the-art distribution warehouse with supporting infrastructure now being added that will future proof the development. This involves the inclusion of significant infrastructure for electric vehicle (EV) charging points.

Gary Barr, Relationship Director, Real Estate Finance, Ulster Bank, says: “Benefitting from nearby access to major arterial routes, James Park is now an essential gateway and distribution hub to service the County Armagh area and beyond. Its development aligns with our commitment at Ulster Bank to support strategically important real estate investments that contribute to the local economy.”

Richard Bradley, Associate Director, Real Estate Finance, Ulster Bank, adds: “An essential part of determining the viability of real estate investments is the surrounding facilities that will ensure their long-term sustainability. To that end, the introduction of a comprehensive network of EV charging stations will complement the existing warehousing and logistics operation. They will serve to futureproof the site and sustain its appeal as a high-value asset.”

Gary Turkington, Operations Director, Turkington Group, comments: “The facilities with Ulster Bank are central to our core development strategy for the Portadown logistics centre and surrounding lands. The project at Portadown follows closely behind the redevelopment of Marlborough Retail Park, Craigavon, redevelopment of High Street Mall, Portadown and also the construction of the new Range Store at The Boulevard in Banbridge. We value our relationship with Ulster Bank and look forward to working with them in the future on similar development projects”.

Ulster Bank was advised by TLT and Avison Young and the Turkington Group was advised by Carson McDowell.

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Gary Barr of Ulster Bank, Mark Dundas of Turkington Group, Gary Turkington of Turkington Group, Richard Bradley of Ulster Bank, and Trevor Turkington of Turkington Group, at James Park in Portadown.

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