Planning green light for major industrial and logistics scheme

The green light has been given for a major multi-unit industrial logistics development on the site of the former Pilkington Automotive and GKN Aerospace manufacturing plants in Birmingham.

St Francis Group and its development partners the Richardson family have announced that full planning consent has been obtained for the development of 400,000 sq ft of new industrial warehouse space on a site of 29 acres at Eckersall Road, Kings Norton.

St Francis Group has teamed up with the Richardson family again making this the third collaboration between the parties following the successful development of nearly 600,000 sq ft of speculative warehouse space across the region.

The scheme to be known as Spectrum Logistics Park will feature eight highly specified industrial/warehouse units ranging in size from 25,000 to 70,000 sq ft.

Gareth Williams, director at St Francis Group, said: “We are very happy today to confirm that full planning consent has been granted to develop this important new mid-box scheme right in the heart of the greater Birmingham conurbation. As we move into the build phase, we are continuing to see huge demand for units in this mid industrial box sector and are already marketing the scheme for pre-lets.”

Demolition work on site is scheduled to begin in May once the existing occupiers have moved out and the first units will be ready for occupation from September

Richard James-Moore of letting agents JLL who are jointly appointed with Savills, said: “This is an exciting new development of sustainable space and Spectrum Logistics Park will probably be the first new development in Birmingham to offer a BREEAM Excellent accreditation giving occupiers truly sustainable options.”