Monday 24th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Developer plans West Midlands giant

Evans of Leeds is planning the West Midlands’ largest distribution warehouse in a £91m expansion of Fradley Park. Estates director David Helliwell said the company is planning a 950,000 sq ft “supershed”, with a 50,000 sq ft service centre, which it will start once a tenant is lined up.

Evans has also won full consent for two speculative warehouses, of 430,000 sq ft and 100,000 sq ft, which should be completed by autumn.

The former airfield, on the outskirts of Lichfield, is already the company’s largest scheme, with more than 1.6m sq ft of distribution and business space on a 300-acre site. Mr Helliwell said: “We’ve already got Wincanton, DHL, Caterpillar, Hellmann and 3663 here, so it’s clearly an attractive location for distribution companies.”

Rent for Maximus is likely to be around £4.50 per sq ft. A second ‘supershed’ scheme could form the park’s fourth phase. “We already have outline permission to develop another 70-acres. We could put around 1m sq ft up in smaller buildings, or do another one the size of Maximus,” said Mr Helliwell.

Joint letting agents for the scheme are GVA Grimley, Kingston & Partners and North Rae Sanders.