Works complete on major logistics hub

A 660,000 sq ft logistics warehouse scheme has been completed in Leeds.

McLaren Construction Midlands and North has finished works on Sherburn42, in Sherburn-in-Elmet, after being appointed by commercial real estate investor and developer, Firethorn Trust.

The 37-acre Sherburn42 scheme is next to the Sherburn Enterprise Park and comprises construction of four Grade-A industrial units ranging from 57,750 to 280,000 sq ft.

The Engineering Services Consultancy Ltd (ESC) was appointed by McLaren Construction Midlands and North to undertake a Whole Life Embodied Carbon assessment of the development. A subsequent report showed the contractor surpassed its net zero carbon construction targets.

Gary Cramp, managing director of McLaren Construction Midlands & North, said: “Our project team worked hard to ensure the most sustainable materials were specified, liaising closely with our supply chain.

“Now complete, Sherburn42 will provide incredible opportunities for the region’s workforce, allowing occupiers of all sizes – from multi-national distributors to small and medium-sized enterprises, an attractive, fit-for-purpose, sustainable workspace, providing a head start on achieving their own net zero targets.”

Rhiannon Butcher, Sustainability Manager of McLaren Construction Midlands and North, said: “Firethorn was the first industrial and logistics project in McLaren Construction, to achieve net zero carbon in construction.

“We were able to reduce the embodied carbon in construction and meet the client’s target in part through a high use of cement replacement.”

Hugo Briars, development manager at Firethorn Trust, said: “It has been a pleasure working in close collaboration with McLaren Construction, whose team clearly shares our passion for sustainability.

“Their knowledge, professionalism and commitment to quality and innovation has enabled us to exceed our environmental aspirations for Sherburn42, which we have developed on behalf of the site owner, Cain International.”

James Sanders, associate director at Firethorn Trust, added: “Sherburn42 benefits from an excellent road network alongside an immediate and plentiful supply of labour.

“Coupled with its ultra-modern specification, the scheme is ideally positioned for occupiers seeking to upgrade and expand their operations, whilst benefiting from significantly reduced running costs.

“We’re encouraged by recent levels of occupational demand and look forward to announcing new occupier relationships as we head into the new year.”

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