Stoke-on-Trent Regeneration, the joint venture vehicle of St Modwen Properties PLC and Stoke City Council, has made two significant planning applications for buildings on its 400-acre Trentham Lakes development. Talks are well advanced with a manufacturer for a 8,370sq m facility with the capacity to grow to 12,090sq m, and another major distribution hub is under negotiation.
The 20-acre industrial/distribution Solar Park development at Solihull is now full, following the letting by NAI Fuller Peiser of the final unit to logistics company UT Worldwide (UK), which has taken the 2,889sq m unit on phase two at what is believed to be a record rent of £6.40 per sq ft. The facility enables UTI to service a contract with a major car manufacturer.Work has started on the new distribution centre being built for Norbain SD, Europe’s largest distributor of electronic security solutions. Conveniently located at Ashton Moss, Lancashire, close to J23 of the M60, the 4,650sq m warehouse will more than double the number of pick locations (and therefore product lines) that Norbain will be able to stock.
Alan Heath, Norbain’s operations manager, comments: “Reaching this stage is the product of 18 months of research, evaluation and planning. With the contractors on site you can sense that this project is really beginning to take shape and that in less than a year Norbain customers will be enjoying the benefit of the largest and most advanced distribution centre this industry has ever seen.”
Having considered several existing sites and land options, Norbain’s directors decided last August to design and build a purpose-built centre.
Heath says: “The facility will increase Norbain’s stockholding capacity very significantly with pallet spaces increasing from 1,700 to 3,250 and pick locations increasing from 4,600 to 9,574. The latest picking and transit technology will be used within the centre to ensure Norbain continues to offer its customers the very best customer service levels available in the industry.”
Knight Frank was commissioned to specify the project and has since been retained as project manager.