Caddick completes 544,000 sq ft Leyland shed
Victorian Plumbing is set to move into the Farington Park facility, which will act as a new base for the bathroom supplier.
Caddick Group has reached practical completion on the 544,000 sq ft distribution warehouse. Caddick Construction built the facility for asset manager Canmoor, on behalf of ultimate owner Goldman Sachs, on a 40-acre plot between Junction 28 and Junction 29 of the M6.
The Leyland shed will be occupied by Victorian Plumbing, with the retailer signing a 20-year lease on the building in January.
In terms of sustainability, the construction process has included a number of features to enhance and increase access to nature such as de-culverting a nearby river to open up new habitats for local wildlife.
Paul Dodsworth, managing director of Caddick Construction Group, said: “Throughout construction, we have worked closely with our group partners at Caddick Developments to ensure Farington Park serves as a thriving commercial hub for Victorian Plumbing while being sensitive to the local area through a host of biodiversity and sustainability measures.”
KPP Architects designed the Farington Park project. Urban Green was the landscape architect for the scheme, also providing landscape planning, biodiversity net gain, ecology, and arboriculture services.
South Ribble Council granted planning permission for the scheme last April as the result of a funding deal between Caddick Developments, Goldman Sachs, and Canmoor.
Work forms the first phase of the wider 90-acre Farington Park development. Caddick submitted revised plans last month for the second phase of the masterplan, which would be made up of three units totalling 95,750 sq ft.
Original plans for the second phase were refused in June due to concerns about the impact the proposals would have on nearby residents.
Once both phases are fully operational, the park will support up to 1,100 jobs.
Tom Park, development manager at Caddick Developments, said: “Our group structure means that we can work seamlessly with our construction division, giving us the ability to react quickly to both investor and occupier demand in unlocking the full potential of challenging sites.
“This project is the culmination of many years of work from our teams and we’re particularly pleased to have been able to work alongside an excellent investor partner, Goldman Sachs, to deliver this much-needed landmark scheme”, he continued.
“The development will address a huge need for high-quality industrial and logistics space within the North West, as well as echoing our commitment to creating spaces, which benefit both people and planet.”