Construction work starts on 103,000 sq ft unit at St. Modwen Park Burton

L-R: Katie Aitchison of Savills, Edward Kennerley of Knight Frank, Rob Richardson and Steven Smith of St. Modwen, Matt Watkins of ProSurv and Martin Watson of GMI.

Developer and regeneration specialist, St. Modwen, has started work on its 103,000 sq ft distribution unit at St. Modwen Park Burton (formerly known as Burton Gateway).

The new speculative unit, which is being built by GMI Construction Group, will include a 50m deep yard, 10 dock levellers (including 2 euro-docks) and grade A office space.

Due to be completed this September, the unit further expands the industrial and logistics offering at the 1 million sq ft site. Once occupied, it could create in excess of 120 jobs in addition to the significant number of construction jobs created during the build.

Work begins just a month after St. Modwen announced it had attracted two new tenants to the Park, with Supply Technologies taking a 25,446 sq ft unit and Keylite Roof Windows leasing a 40,730 sq ft unit, both of which were delivered as part of the second phase of development.

Steven Smith, Senior Construction Manager at St. Modwen, said: “We are pleased to have instructed GMI Construction Group on this latest phase. GMI is a well-respected construction company and we have great confidence in the team’s ability to deliver this quality unit.”

Martin Watson, Construction Director at GMI Construction, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded our second contract at St. Modwen Park Burton. Our commitment to deliver another quality product on time for St Modwen will be our ultimate focus moving forward.”

Rob Richardson, Senior Development Manager at St. Modwen, added: “St. Modwen Park Burton has proven to be an incredibly popular site. This further investment is not only testament to our confidence in the Park, but in the wider industrial and logistics market in the Midlands.”

Savills and Knight Frank are marketing the scheme on behalf of St. Modwen.

Katie Aitchison, Associate Director at Savills, and Edward Kennerley, Associate at Knight Frank, said: “We are looking forward to unveiling the completed unit in September. The business park has attracted some excellent names and we’re confident that this additional unit will satisfy the demand for well-connected B2 and B8 space, attracting more great businesses and creating a significant number of jobs in the region.”

St. Modwen Park Burton already has more than 200,000 sq ft of space and is home to major names including Hellman Worldwide Logistics, who occupied the first unit in 2016.