Speed lovers in Stourbridge are revving up for action with the launch of a new indoor karting centre in the town.
Plans for the development of Full Throttle Raceway received the green light when local landlord London and Cambridge Properties agreed a deal to let one of its refurbished industrial units at the Stourbridge Estate, Mill Race Lane.
The site now boasts a challenging 350 metre circuit, complete with a raised section and tunnel, a fleet of junior and senior karts capable of reaching speeds of up to 45mph, plus a viewing area with vending and amusement machines.
Full Throttle's managing director Paul Kettle said LCP had played a key role in helping get his new business venture on track.
He said: "Industrial units are ideal for indoor kart circuits because they are spacious and tend to be in accessible locations.
"But you have to ensure the planning consent has been granted so you can use the space for leisure purposes rather than industrial or manufacturing.
"LCP assured me they had already been working closely with Dudley Council over business activity at the Stourbridge Estate and felt confident they could make the scheme work.
"It was a huge help and allowed me to focus on developing my business plan, recruiting staff and preparing the track."
Mr Kettle estimates it took just over three months to launch Full Throttle Raceway, from concept to completion. The business has created of 25 full and part time jobs.
"We have not had a quiet day since we opened and with the school holidays we hope this will continue over the summer," he said.
" Other opportunities include hosting corporate events and activities for local play schemes and youth groups." Full Throttle's new premises in Block G, Bays 2 and 3, provide 19,313 sq ft of space.
LCP carried out a full refurbishment prior to the letting, investing £180,000 to replace roofing, cladding and carry out a full internal redecoration. Paul and his team were then able to lay the track and viewing platform.
LCP's marketing director Margaret Hopkins said: "Stourbridge boasts an extremely diverse set of tenants, including a children's play zone, diving training centre, the new kart track, as well as traditional manufacturing and warehousing operations.
" Working alongside companies to find alternative uses for industrial property means estates such as ours can continue to thrive in the long term."
The Stourbridge Estate fronts Stourbridge Ring Road and St Johns Road and is half a mile from Stourbridge town centre. A fully recorded CCTV security system operates across the estate, which is monitored outside normal working hours.
Units from 4,000 to 8,033 sq ft are currently available.
Kingswinford based LCP is a major private owner of retail, industrial and commercial property with a national portfolio spanning more than 14 million sq ft.