As UKREiiF 2023 hears Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham outline the vision for his Atom Valley Mayoral Development Zone, we take a look at the first project to be brought forward within the zone, by Manchester at UKREiiF partner Russells.
Set to provide 1.45m sq ft of new employment space in Heywood, Greater Manchester, HPARK is the North West’s largest sustainable industrial development opportunity
The 120-acre industrial and logistics park in the south of Rochdale, has been launched to the market following completion of a new motorway link road to service the site.
It has outline planning for up to 1.45 million sq ft of floor space across six prime Grade A units ranging in size from 39,000 sq ft to 688,000 sq ft and will support around 2,400 new jobs.
HPARK sits within a prime logistics location, off Pilsworth Road, which is already home to major brands such as Kuhne & Nagel, Fowler Welch, Aramex, Martin Brower, and Lineage Logistics.
Russells MD Andrew Russell said: “HPARK provides a new opportunity for operators looking to specify a bespoke facility to their exact requirements.
“The location is acknowledged as one of the best in England, for its East to West connectivity, and the new motorway link road makes it even more attractive by reducing journey times thereby cutting fuel costs and carbon emissions.”
Just nine miles from Manchester city centre, HPARK is located off the newly completed A6184 link road which provides direct access to J19 of the M62, providing efficient accessibility to the M62, M60, and M66 motorways and taking HGV traffic away from local roads and Heywood town centre.
The site has an outline planning consent for B2/B8 use, offering clear heights of up to 18m and overall building heights of 23m, and has the potential to provide an operator with up to 1 million sq ft of Grade A distribution space subject to a further planning approval.
The largest unit H-688, a 688,000 sq ft B8 distribution building, has full detailed planning approval and is ready for construction to begin as soon as an operator is signed.
“The availability of the highly sustainable H-688 unit in particular is unique in the region, where there is a current lack of large-scale distribution space under construction, will be an attractive prospect for operators,” added Russell.
HPARK’s carbon reduction ambitions including BREEAM Excellent and EPC A rating, and offers roof-mounted photovoltaic panels and electric vehicle chargers as standard.
The site has been designed to enhance staff health and wellbeing and benefits from an all-weather multi-use games area, grass sports pitches, green corridors for walking and cycling, outdoor recreational seating areas, cycle lanes and dedicated bus stop provision to encourage green travel options for workers.
The site offers flexibility of size and specification. Russells is offering units on a leasehold basis, each will be bespoke design and build.
All units will be built to the Russell CORE Specification as standard, an industry-leading ‘fabric first’ approach to improving build quality and operational efficiency. This includes increased insulation depths, improved air tightness, 50kN minimum floor loadings, 100% photovoltaic-ready roof areas, air source heat pumps and high-quality CAT A office fit out.
CBRE and Colliers have been appointed joint agents.
Paul Cook, CBRE senior director industrial and logistics North West said: “The North West has seen record take-up over the past two years and HPARK has come at the right time to supply much-needed space to support local, national and global operators in the region.”
John Sullivan, Colliers’ director of industrial and logistics, added: “HPARK is one of the best connected sites in the region in an area world-renowned for logistics with a skilled and available workforce. It will accommodate all types of distribution requirements, providing operators with a highly sustainable building designed to their own specification, making HPARK an exceptional opportunity for operators of all sizes within this sector.”
Further information about the development is available at hparkheywood.co.uk
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