Job boosting speculative industrial development moves a step closer

St Francis Group has secured grant funding from the Black Country LEP to deliver a speculative 113,000 sq ft warehouse/logistics scheme at a site in Walsall.

The site at Darlaston Road, branded as Parallel 113, sits within the Black Country Enterprise Zone. Construction is set to start in March.

The development will remediate a brownfield site of just over 2.5 hectares close to Junction 10 of the M6 which is currently undergoing a £78m improvement by Highways England to increase capacity and reduce congestion.

The development had already been given the green light by Walsall Council’s planning committee in autumn 2020.

When occupied the scheme will provide up to 200 jobs.

The new Darlaston train station, which also received the go ahead in 2020, is set to open on the Walsall-Wolverhampton line by 2023.

St Francis Group development director Gareth Williams said: “We are very happy to be able to announce today the award of this multi-million-pound funding which moves construction of the Parallel 113 scheme a stage closer.

“There is a chronic shortage of mid-box sized logistics accommodation currently right across the West Midlands conurbation and this development will go some way to addressing that.

“The building will be constructed to a Grade A standard and specification and ideally suited to a range of flexible occupier requirements. We are already fielding a strong level of interest and look forward to further announcements in due course.”

Deputy leader of Walsall Council, Cllr Adrian Andrew, said: “This decision allows us to move forward with a scheme that will provide valuable jobs and a welcome boost to the local economy. The council and its partners have invested a great deal of effort to get to this stage and I look forward to work beginning on site in the near future.

“This is another piece in the jigsaw of building back better in our Borough. Walsall is open for business and a great place to invest.”

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