50-acre development site acquired in Biggleswade

19 September 2017

This week we announced the purchase of a 50-acre site in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire capable of delivering over 1,000,000 sq ft of logistics space and creating around 1,250 jobs.

 

The site which is located off Pegasus Drive and has outline planning consent for B8 use, forms phase six of the successful Stratton Business Park and is located adjacent to phase five, owned by Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC). In March this year CBC completed new infrastructure works including a new access road, roundabout and services to both of these latest phases and have welcomed a number of new occupiers to their site.

 

The Park itself is located 600 metres from the A1, two miles to the south east of Biggleswade, 11 miles south east of Bedford and only 29 miles north of the M25. Originally developed in the early 1990’s the Park has become a well-established employment location with major occupiers including Liebherr Cranes, Bibby Distribution, Jordans Dorset Ryvita, Kramp among others.

 

Speaking about the acquisition, Christian Matthews, director at db symmetry, commented: “Stratton Business Park is well regarded as a highly successful logistics destination and the home to many major brands. We have been impressed by the occupier interest already generated by Phase 6 with a number of discussions underway, we look forward to announcing our first transactions in the near future.”

 

“The site is located close to the A1 which offers excellent access to M25 and the greater London conurbation and therefore offers a credible alternative to the more established M1.

 

This acquisition comes after the developer announced it had committed to 800,000 sq ft of speculative development across four sites in England: Swindon; Middlewich; Banbury and Bicester. According to research undertaken by Savills this equates to 21% of the total 3.8million sq ft of speculative development set to be delivered in the UK this year.

 

Christian continued: “We are continuing to increase our landbank for development across the UK, working closely with landowners, local authorities and occupiers to create large scale logistics hubs. This activity has been supported by the ongoing growth of our team. With the site now acquired we’ll be submitting a detailed application in the forthcoming months.”

Denison Investments advised the landowner.