Latest phase of £40m Oldham industrial development approved
Oldham Council has approved 13 industrial units totaling more than 192,000 sq ft for developer Langtree as part of the next phase of its £40m Hollinwood project, being delivered in partnership with the council.
The units range from approximately 5,000 to 42,000 sq ft providing a total of 192,000 of distribution and manufacturing space, with associated parking and service yards.
The wider scheme is expected to create 760 jobs and will incorporate retail, leisure, employment space and up to 150 family homes. The site is adjacent to junction 22 of the M60 motorway, south west of Oldham town centre.
Josh Downes, senior development manager at Langtree, said: “We’re delighted that our partnership approach has secured this development, which will provide a variety of high quality workspaces to support Oldham’s continued economic growth.
“It’s a prime location and provides room for local employers to expand whilst offering high grade space to new occupiers attracted by Oldham’s skilled workforce.”
Council leader, Cllr Arooj Shah, said: “The approval of the next phase of Hollinwood junction marks a significant milestone for Oldham.
“The state-of-the-art industrial units will improve our local economy for our communities and create new jobs for Oldhamers.
“This collaboration with Langtree will make sure Oldham keeps growing and becomes an even better place to live, work and visit. And with the site right next to junction 22 of the M60, it makes it a desired destination for innovation, offering easy access for businesses across the UK and beyond.”
The developer will achieve a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating and will utilise translucent fascia materials throughout the scheme to allow for maximum natural light within each unit. The proposals also include extensive landscaping.
The properties will be accessed by the recently constructed highway roundabout on Albert Street which services the successful Costa drive-through developed by Langtree in an earlier phase. The site was previously occupied by a large gas holder, demolished in 2020.
Architects, Fletcher Rae, designed the industrial scheme and B8 has been appointed agents on the scheme. Work will now commence preparing tender documents for contractors to bid to deliver the development.
Josh Downes addded: “Our ambition is to be in a position to start on in Q3 2024 so it’s full speed ahead with detailed design and the procurement of a high quality contractor.”