First phase of £11m Ulverston business park handed over

The new Aldi supermarket

The first phase of the £11m Beehive Business Park development in Ulverston, South Cumbria, has been handed over to developer Rawdon Property Group by Caddick Construction.

The occasion included the opening of the first store on the site, an 18,600 sq ft Aldi.

It is the first new supermarket to open in Ulverston for 25 years and developers say the scheme represents a major uplift in retail and business space in Ulverston.

Three other buildings in the first phase are an M&S Food store of almost 12,000 sq ft, a Screwfix Warehouse occupying 6,000 sq ft, and a purpose-designed 14,500 sq ft facility to house processing of top quality Cumbrian meat by Lake District Farmers.

Discussions are taking place with interested parties on the smaller, second phase of the business park.

Brian Scott, from Rawdon Property Group, said: “It is hugely satisfying to achieve handover just over a year after starting construction on the site.

“As the main contractor, Caddick Construction has done a splendid job in driving progress on the site, despite some very challenging weather conditions in the early stages, and the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Their hard work and careful management of the project has been a vital factor in our success.”

He added: “There is a great deal of excitement surrounding the opening of two new major retailers in the town. We are confident that opening the Beehive will encourage more local people to do their main shopping in Ulverston rather than travelling to Barrow, and will attract people from the surrounding communities such as Dalton, Coniston and Grange.”

Ian Threadgold, North West managing director for Caddick Construction, said: “Caddick Construction has been delighted to work on such an important and high-profile project for Ulverston that is going to bring an economic boost and much-needed jobs to the area.

“The Beehive Business Park’s prime location and generous parking will also mean easy access for visitors who will undoubtedly enjoy having well-known high street names such as Aldi and M&S on their doorstep.”

Ulverston Mayor Cllr Sharon Webster said: “There is a lot of excitement in Ulverston about the new business park because of the extra shopping choice it will offer and the jobs it brings to the town.

“The development now looks fantastic and I am sure it will prove very popular.”