Council approves two development options for Cheshire employment park

CGI of Units 11 and 12, Swizzels and Unit 41

Detailed planning consent has been granted by Cheshire East Council for two options of speculative development at a Middlewich employment park.

Magnitude Land, a joint venture between Tritax Symmetry, the development arm of Tritax Big Box and NPL, secured the consent at unit 41, MA6NITUDE Middlewich.

The JV submitted an application for either a single sided 238,000 sq ft facility or a 200,000 sq ft cross docked unit on the 17- acre allocated employment site.

The project team includes Asteer Planning, Tyler Grange, AEW and SGI.

David Nuttall, development director at Tritax Symmetry, said: “The two options we have obtained planning for at Unit 41 will allow us to respond flexibly to the market and we look forward to bringing forward a unit on this plot promptly.

“We have now achieved over 1.75 million sq ft of consents at MA6NITUDE in the last two years and we are currently onsite delivering circa 350,000 sq ft of new accommodation over three units. We have strong interest in both of the speculatively built units, which both offer high quality, sustainable space in a highly sought after location.”

Alice Routledge, partner at Asteer Planning, said: “This is an important planning approval which paves the way for work to begin at Unit 41, a decision which will help attract further new business and investment to Middlewich.

“Two alternative building types were approved by the council which provide maximum flexibility for potential occupiers. These options will help accelerate timescales for starting on site and, ultimately, the delivery of high quality, sustainable employment floorspace.”

Unit 11 and 12 at MA6NITUDE, providing 149,000 sq ft and 51,000 sq ft, are currently being constructed by GMI and are due for completion in June this year. Sweet maker Swizzels’ new 158,000 sq ft facility is also under construction and due for completion by the end of 2022.

Joint letting agents for MA6NITUDE are Savills, Legat Owen and B8 Real Estate.

Tritax Symmetry is the dedicated logistics developer of Tritax Big Box REIT plc (TBBR).