Jobs boost for Knowsley as plans for logistics hub win approval

CGI of Knowsley Park

A key employment opportunity has emerged after the approval of plans for three new logistics units at Knowsley Park, in Merseyside.

Property firm Caddick Developments is behind the plans which could establish the site as Merseryside’s premium ‘mid-box’ logistics scheme.

It is estimated the development could generate approximately 500 jobs across construction and operations.

The location is an extension to Knowsley Industrial Estate, prominently situated off the East Lancs Road (A580), which is less than one mile from junction four of the M57 and less than seven miles off junction six of the M62.

The industrial estate is currently home to major organisations including Amazon, Matalan and Kammac, making it an ideal location for a range of occupiers and supply chain organisations. The prominent location sees Manchester and Liverpool within a 45- and 20-minute drive, respectively, while attracting local, regional, and national business.

The proposed scheme will provide a total of 157,500 sq ft of logistics space across three units. ESG and sustainability are an area of increased focus for Caddick’s pipeline of residential and industrial projects, therefore, these will all be constructed to a BREEAM excellent standard with electric vehicle charging points, air source heat pumps and PV panels installed as some of the onsite sustainable measures. The site will also provide substantial landscaping with a significant biodiversity net gain.

The site provides high quality employment opportunities in manufacturing for those living in the immediate catchment zone of the scheme. The extension will also provide additional employment in transportation and storage, which is a growing space for employment in the North West.

Tom Park, senior development manager at Caddick Developments, said: “Knowsley Park is an exceptional location with almost unparalleled transport links both within the North West and across the UK.

“We’re proud of the work done to bring this scheme forward and we look forward to continuing our work with a range of regional stakeholders to help bring this first-
class development to the market.”

Knowsley Park will add to an impressive list of high quality logistics developments delivered by Caddick Group, including recent projects which began construction in 2022, such as Leeds Valley Park and Farington Park in Leyland.

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