St Helens industrial site 90% full just two months after completion

Luke Blockley, left, with Peter Bird of Rokserve

Gerards Park, an industrial development in St Helens, is more than 90% full within two months of completion of the 35,600 sq ft scheme by Chorley-based developer Northern Trust.

The phase two development at Gerards Park is located off College Street, and comprises 20 units, 17 of which are now occupied.

Rokserv, specialists in industrial floor cleaning, is one of the companies to have recently moved into one of the new units. Karl Teare, Rokserv director, said: “As a business that relies on excellent transport links Rokserv chose St Helens as its new home around five years ago. We supply floor cleaning machinery to all sectors of the market place, from hospitals to industry, so we have to have access to the whole country.

“The M6/M62/M56 and the A580 are all on our doorstep making Gerards Park the ideal place for us to be.”

He added: “We moved into our first two units at Gerards Park phase 1, five years ago. It was a big decision for us to move for the simple reason we had already changed buildings four times in the previous five years. We found Gerards Park and it ticked all of the boxes, at the time there were no single large units available so we took two units side by side.

“Our business involves the sales, repair and hire of floor cleaning machinery, we mostly concentrate on the North West of the country but we do have some national contracts mostly for the hire side of things. We run a small team of service engineers from our building so we needed the space for spare parts storage as well as a workshop area.

“Despite saying we would never move again, the chance came when the new development started and our ideal unit was built. We moved in fully last month and we are so happy here, all together in one large unit.”

The phase two development has been part funded by the Local Growth Fund. Local Growth Funding is awarded to the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and invested through the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority through its Strategic Investment Fund.

The new development sits alongside Northern Trust’s existing Gerards Park scheme which was developed back in 2012 and is actively managed by Northern Trust’s in-house managing agents, Whittle Jones.

Luke Blockley, assistant letting/management surveyor at Whittle Jones, said: “We have been delighted with the demand for the new space, and with only three remaining available we are confident we will be announcing the development as fully occupied in the near future.

“The new units at Gerards Park have been constructed to a high specification and have provided much needed workshop accommodation for small and medium-sized enterprises looking to set up or relocate to the area.”