St. Modwen cleared to progress second phase of gateway development

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Developer St. Modwen has been cleared to begin work on the next phase of a major gateway site in Staffordshire.

The Longbridge-based company has been granted planning permission for the second phase of its 1 million sq ft Burton Gateway commercial business park.

The second phase of work will see the development of more than 100,000 sq ft of industrial space.

Once complete, the business park will be one of the largest warehouse developments in the Midlands.

The application approved by East Staffordshire Borough Council is for three units offering 54,000 sq ft, 40,000 sq ft and 25,000 sq ft of warehouse space, with suitable uses including storage, distribution and general industrial.

The plans follow the successful letting of the 87,000 sq ft first phase unit at the site, which has been let to global logistics experts Hellman Worldwide Logistics on a 10-year lease.

Ian Romano, head of commercial Midlands and North at St. Modwen, said: “The letting with Hellman Worldwide Logistics showed there is good demand for high quality, well-connected warehouse and employment space across the Midlands, and this second phase of speculative builds will further satisfy that growing need.”

Work on site is expected to start in February, with completion in autumn 2018.

James Clements and Katie Aitchison, from joint agents Knight Frank and Savills, said: “Phase 2 at Burton Gateway demonstrates a significant level of investment in one of the Midlands’ key strategic employment sites. It is great to see St. Modwen addressing the shortage of high quality mid box warehouse space that has been evident in the past 12 months.

“The new development will give local and regional businesses the opportunity to expand within the local area, and will also provide much needed last mile delivery space for national retailers and distributors.”

Formerly a 280-acre wasteland, St. Modwen carried out extensive highway works to support the regeneration of the area and, in turn, develop a key location for commercial and residential development, having worked with the local authority and stakeholders.

Strategically located adjacent to the A38, the site offers good links to the M42 and A50. Nearby occupiers include Pirelli, Unilever, Boots, Rolls-Royce, Tesco and Toyota.