Work to begin on building massive new Ellesmere Port warehouse
WORK is to begin imminently on a massive new warehouse site in Ellesmere Port. Firethorn Trust has appointed Winvic Construction Ltd to deliver its landmark 42-acre development, Link Logistics Park. More than 760,000 sq ft of industrial space will be created on the former brownfield site, including a single unit spanning 655,000 sq ft, making it the biggest single cross-docked warehouse being developed in the UK this year.
For context, the single unit space will be slightly larger than the nearby 640,000 sq ft Regatta distribution centre at Pioneer Point, which was officially opened by Bear Grylls in 2014. The contract is the second awarded to Winvic by Firethorn, following the delivery of Ascent Logistics Park in Leighton Buzzard. Groundworks have completed at the Ellesmere Port site, and construction will begin imminently, with completion expected by Q4 2022.
Awarded on the basis of its strong sustainability credentials, the contract will see Winvic deliver the scheme to net-zero carbon in construction, with future provisions for renewable energy supply. The highly-specified design includes LED lighting to offices, Photovoltaic arrays and 32 electric vehicle charging points, with ducting in place for additional 32 spaces. Up to 25MV of power will also be available from a local carbon-neutral ‘Waste to Energy’ facility.
Commenting on the appointment, Paul Martin, development director at Firethorn Trust, said: “As the UK’s largest speculative logistics scheme, this is an ambitious, yet hugely exciting development for Firethorn. “We have been impressed by Winvic’s extensive knowledge, experience and ability to deliver a project of this scale, and look forward to working with the team to swiftly bring our vision for Link Logistics Park to life.” Winvic’s director of industrial, distribution and logistics, Danny Nelson, added: “Winvic’s reputation for delivering quality industrial schemes is evidently being bolstered by our ability to deliver our clients’ net zero ambitions.
“It’s fantastic to be working on such a landmark development, whilst building upon our partnership with Firethorn, whose presence within the UK logistics market continues to grow. We’re very much looking forward to commencing work on site and exceeding expectations at every step.” Immediately adjacent to Junction 7 of the M53 and within a 45-minute drive of Liverpool and Manchester airports, the multi-modal industrial development lies in close proximity to the Manchester shipping canal, just 22 miles from the Port of Liverpool.
All enquiries should be directed to the scheme’s letting agents, CBRE, B8 and Moriarty & Co.
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