In response to the growing demand for industrial property units in the North West, commercial and industrial lettings specialist and landlord, Towngate PLC, has commenced the construction of six new warehouse units at the established Towngate Business Centre in Walkden, Manchester.
Located just off Lester Road, the estate is accessed from Manchester Road West (A6), approximately one-mile due west of Walkden. Junction 4 of the M61 Motorway also lies within one mile of the premises via the A6, which in turn provides immediate access to the north west motorway network. In addition, the premises sit approximately eight miles northwest of Manchester City Centre and 3 miles south of Bolton.
Working in collaboration with its chosen contractor, Ellenby Construction, Towngate’s development is now underway. This will entail the construction of six industrial units — ranging in size from 5,450 – 10,745 sq ft — complete with high specification warehouse accommodation and office facilities, a secure 30m yard area, remotely-monitored CCTV, manned security, EV charging points, and on-site parking. The scheme will also feature photovoltaic solar panels, thermally-efficient cladding to roofs and elevations, air source heat pump systems, and wellness showers, and will target a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM rating.
The site provides an ideal location, close to Ellesmere Shopping Centre and Walkden Town Centre, plus a variety of nearby amenities such as Aldi, Costa Coffee, and independent pubs and restaurants.
This new phase will bring the site back to full capacity, allowing for the creation of hundreds of jobs — a legacy to the original Lucozade factory, which was situated on the site, prior to its closure in 1993.
Andrew Littler, of Littler & Associates commented on the development’s potential: “Interest in the site is already encouraging, with occupiers expressing enthusiasm regarding the ongoing works. Once complete, the area will be a perfect fit for companies operating in the trade, online retail, and general industrial sectors.
“We’re happy to see Towngate adding to its impressive portfolio of industrial properties, and look forward to seeing the site’s full potential realised.
“With its close proximity to the city centre and excellent links to the motorway network, the business centre is ideally situated and we’re anticipating high demand.”
Elaborating on the future of the site, property manager Tom Lamb said: “We’re thrilled to see the works at Towngate Business Centre come together. The site has such a rich history that we’re excited to add to. Once complete, the site will be home to a number of flourishing businesses, which we hope will help to breathe further new life into the site.”
Work is expected to conclude in April next year and the property is marketed to let via Littler & Associates, Cushman & Wakefield, and B8. Additional appointed associates on the scheme include David Stanway Associates, KPP Architects, Steven Abbott Associates, Adept, and Michael Eyres Partnership. For further information, please contact Towngate’s property manager Tom Lamb, or marketing manager Julia Ford.