Icon Industrial’s latest Manchester Airport development proposals take flight

The proposed airport development

Proposals for two new industrial/warehouse developments at a £100m Manchester Airport site have been given the go-ahead, Icon Industrial has announced today.

Manchester City Council has approved plans for two highly-specified developments of 102,500 sq ft and 138,375 sq ft at Icon Manchester Airport, the rapidly-growing global logistics area of Manchester’s Airport City.

Icon Industrial – a joint venture between Stoford and TPG Real Estate – said that the latest developments will meet rising occupational demand at the 45-acre build-to-suit logistics park, which has outline planning consent for around one million sq ft.

Approval for units three and four of the scheme comes just weeks after planners rubber-stamped Icon Industrial’s proposals for an 11.6-acre logistics and global content creation studio at Manchester Airport on behalf of online beauty and wellbeing retailer, The Hut Group.

Dan Gallagher, joint managing director of Stoford Developments, said: “We’re pleased to announce planning approval for units three and four of Icon Manchester Airport.

“These developments offer an excellent opportunity to relocate to a key strategic location in the North West, with unrivalled airport connectivity and a strong list of current occupiers.

“Icon Manchester Airport is a unique and exciting scheme that will continue the fulfilment of the Airport City masterplan, expanding and enhancing the logistical facilities on site. We are already seeing significant interest in the development.”

Unit three of Icon Manchester Airport will be highly-specified, incorporating 10,125 sq ft of integrated Grade A office accommodation over three floors. The proposed development will include a 15m clear internal eaves height, 132 car parking spaces and dock and level access loading provision onto an 85m deep yard.

Unit four will include a single 95,000 sq ft industrial/warehouse building and 7,500 sq ft of integrated office accommodation, with 141 car parking spaces.

Located adjacent to the World Freight Terminal and part of the Manchester Enterprise Zone, Icon Manchester Airport offers excellent road, air and rail connections, with immediate access to junction six of the M56 motorway and Greater Manchester.

The site also benefits from the recently-completed A6 Manchester Airport Relief Road, a £290m dual carriageway linking the A6 and M56 that is expected to significantly reduce journey times to Manchester Airport.

TPG Real Estate and Stoford Developments are building Icon Industrial into a significant logistics platform by acquiring and developing similarly attractive UK sites, as well as refurbishing existing buildings in prime logistics locations.

The joint venture recently completed its second acquisition, Icon Harlow, which brings its total GDV to more than £250m.

TPG Real Estate has significant experience investing in logistics, while Stoford has completed more than 13 million sq ft of industrial development in the UK.

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