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Stoford secures funding for British Salt warehouse

Commercial property developer Stoford has secured funding for the construction of a new warehouse for British Salt, the UK’s leading salt manufacturer and part of Tata Chemicals Europe.

It has signed a funding agreement with ICG, the global alternative asset manager, for the 184,493 sq ft state-of-the-art warehouse in Middlewich, Cheshire, which will enable British Salt and Tata Chemicals Europe to store the high purity salt and sodium bicarbonate products manufactured at its three sites in Cheshire and streamline its packaging and supply chain operations.

The funding agreement, the first between Stoford and ICG, comes as Cheshire East Borough Council granted planning permission for the unit, which will be built at the British Salt manufacturing site on Faulkner Drive, Middlewich.  The new warehouse will support Tata Chemicals Europe’s existing operations, storing products destined for the food and pharmaceutical markets and support its future business plans in Cheshire.

Edward Peel, Stoford’s Development Manager, said: “Securing funding for this strategically important warehouse for British Salt is great news. The business has ambitious plans to invest in the region it has called home for more than 50 years. Now that funding and planning approval have been agreed, we’re putting plans in place to start construction work as soon as possible and are looking forward to delivering this warehouse.”

Building begins in August with a projected completion date by July 2023.

Angus Vause, Sales & Marketing Director of Tata Chemicals Europe, said: “We are delighted that Cheshire East Borough Council has granted planning permission for our new warehouse, which is a key part in the delivery of our future growth plans for the business in Cheshire and will enable British Salt to deliver enhanced customer service and supply chain excellence.”

Chad Brown, Managing Director at ICG Real Estate, added:  “We’re pleased to be partnering with Stoford on the forward funding of this well located and mission critical asset. This is an attractive deal for ICG, underpinned by strong real estate fundamentals and favourable lease dynamics, with the firm eager to deploy further capital in the sector across the UK and Europe.”

Stoford and British Salt were both advised by DTRE on the sale and Avison Young were the appointed planning consultants.

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A CGI of British Salt's new facility, which is being developed by Stoford

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Stoford Stoford is a privately owned company established in 1996 to specialise in occupier-led property solutions for business. The company is involved in a diverse range of commercial property developments across the UK. The company’s innovative approach to procurement ensures that it is highly competitive, delivering a quality product on time and on budget. For more information, visit Tata Chemicals Europe Tata Chemicals Europe is one of Europe’s leading producers of sodium carbonate, salt and sodium bicarbonate. The origins of the company stretch back to 1873, when John Brunner and Ludwig Mond formed Brunner Mond & Co at Winnington, Northwich. The company merged with three others in 1926 to form Imperial Chemicals Limited (ICI) and was divested as a private company again in 1991. In 2006 Tata Chemicals Limited, part of the Tata Group of India, acquired the Brunner Mond Group. In January 2011 Brunner Mond (UK) acquired British Salt ltd, and in April 2011 the business was brought under the Tata Chemicals Europe brand, with Brunner Mond (UK) Ltd being renamed as Tata Chemicals Europe Ltd while together Tata Chemicals Europe Ltd and British Salt Ltd are known as Tata Chemicals Europe. British Salt was founded in Middlewich in 1969 and is a leading manufacturer of pure dried vacuum salt products. It produces more than 400,000 tonnes of salt every year, which is used in a range of sectors, including food production, chemical industries, water treatment, animal feeds, textiles and tanning, de-icing and for flavouring food. It is understood that their salt is used by every single person in the UK, every day.

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