Midlands-headquartered developer St. Modwen has launched its latest industrial and logistics development phases as part of plans to deliver around 1.5 million sq ft of high-quality space in 2021. With the first construction activity starting this month, St. Modwen will be active on 11 schemes to deliver more than 25 new units in key locations across the UK – including Gloucester and Newport in the South West and Wales, and Tamworth in the Midlands – as businesses continue to bolster supply chains.
This latest build programme further unlocks the potential in the company’s 19 million sq ft future pipeline, 45 per cent of which already has planning. In July, St. Modwen confirmed being on track to deliver 1.2 million sq ft of new space during 2020 with 53 per cent let or under offer, up from 18 per cent of committed pipeline at start of 2020.
Industrial and logistics represents an important growth area for St. Modwen and now accounts for 48 per cent of the company’s total portfolio. The company’s activities are underpinned by major trends, including the rise of e-commerce and reliance on resilient supply chains, both of which have been sped up as a result of COVID-19.
Rupert Joseland, Managing Director of St. Modwen Industrial & Logistics, said: “As leasing momentum remains strong, we are excited to be pushing the button on new developments to further expand our portfolio. We have one of the UK’s biggest pipelines and focus on building out high-quality developments in key strategic locations. From major e-commerce companies and logistics firms to regional and specialist businesses, we are here to deliver for our customers and enable them to thrive in our modern and sustainable parks across the UK.”
In Gloucestershire, works are commencing on a second phase of industrial and logistics development at St. Modwen Park Gloucester. Phase 2 comprises four high-quality speculative units ranging from 36,000 – 56,000 sq ft to be completed by Summer 2021. This follows the first phase of speculative delivery, with space already let to global manufacturer ADEY Innovation, occupying a 45,000 sq ft unit in March 2020, followed by ProCook, one of the UK’s top suppliers of kitchenware, which occupies a 56,000 sq ft unit.
James Irwin-Singer, Development Manager at St. Modwen Industrial & Logistics, added: “We’re continuing to deliver at pace on our speculative development schemes in the South West and Wales. St. Modwen has placed its confidence in the region – as evidenced by our latest phases in both Gloucester and Newport and we hope to add to the likes of Amazon, ProCook and ADEY Innovation with more market-leading industrial and logistics occupiers, bringing more jobs and new opportunities to the region’s economy.”
St. Modwen Park Tamworth is already home to supply chain specialist Euro Pool System, installation company SM UK Ltd and St. Modwen’s biggest ever speculative industrial and logistics unit scaling 321,000 sq ft. Construction starts this month on two 48,800 sq ft units – which can be combined to make 97,600 sq ft – and one 63,000 sq ft unit, ready for occupation in June 2021.
Rob Richardson, Senior Development Manager at St. Modwen Industrial & Logistics, said: “Our flagship Tamworth scheme epitomises everything that being located at the heart of the Midlands Logistics Triangle can offer. This is a highly desirable site, built to market-leading design and specification which has already proven popular to leading industrial and logistics firms. With these three new additions to the park on the way, we have a range of size options for businesses to strengthen their UK supply chains and relocate or expand into the Midlands.”