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Work starts on 2.3m sq ft Midlands warehouse park

A warehouse park developer has appointed a contractor to start infrastructure works after gaining reserved matters planning consent for the first phase of its next big scheme.

Tritax Symmetry – Tritax Big Box’s dedicated logistics development company – has appointed Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd to start work at its site at Symmetry Park, in Kettering.

The site, located on Junction 9 of the A14, has outline consent for up to 2.3 million sq ft of warehousing with one building of up to 1.3 million sq ft.

Buckingham is now on the 90 acre Northamptonshire site, helping install roadways and utilities.

The distribution park’s position on the A14 “Trans-European” freight route means it is accessible to the national motorway and trunk road network.

Neighbouring occupiers to the site include Weetablix, Morrisons and Knights of Old Group.

Jonathan Wallis, development director at Tritax Symmetry, commented: “This marks another important step forward for our portfolio.

“The infrastructure works will be completed early next year meaning we can deliver new logistics buildings of up to 1.3 million sq ft by the end 2022.

“In line with our net zero carbon pledge, all of these new buildings will be delivered to net zero carbon in construction.”

Joint agents for the scheme are Burbage Realty and BNP Paribas Real Estate.

Dean Warman, Buckingham’s managing director for civil engineering, said: “We are delighted to be working with Tritax Symmetry to deliver this new logistics park which is great news for both the UK and local economies.

“In support of Tritax Symmetry’s sustainability pledge we are doing all we can to maximise the procurement of materials and services from local sources.”

Coun Jason Smithers, leader of North Northamptonshire Council, said: “This initial stage of Symmetry Park, Kettering is positive news for the area.

“It will provide local job opportunities, help boost the local economy and has the potential to develop local skills.

“It shows that we are open for business and that companies have the confidence to continue to invest in the area.

“The developer’s aim for net zero carbon construction of the new buildings is equally welcome.

“Symmetry Park is consistent with our aim to encourage responsible growth, develop local employment opportunities, skills and economy, and tackle climate change.”

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