East is located off Junction 31A of the M6. Credit: via planning documents

HBD-Barnfield heads Preston approvals

Consent was also granted for repair works at The Harris and for a retail project featuring Aldi at the Trident Centre site.

Three separate applications from the joint venture developer went before the city council’s April planning committee meeting, representing a combined 150,000 sq ft at the 18-acre East logistics project.

The three units comprise 63,000 sq ft, 60,000 sq ft and 30,000 sq ft at the development, which sits at Junction 31a of the M6.

Fletcher Rae is the architect for the development and Iceni Projects is the planning consultant. Eckersley and Gerald Eve are the letting agents for East.

The first phase of the scheme, a 70,000 sq ft shed split into five units, is under construction following planning approval in 2020. 

Commercial Development Projects intends to demolish a 42,000 sq ft call centre building that has been empty for two years and replace it with a single building, including an Aldi store and a variety discount/bulky goods store, each equating to around 21,000 sq ft – Aldi’s sales area will be 14,000 sq ft.

The site is to the south of Channel Way, close to the Docklands Marina in the city centre. The Harris Partnership is the scheme’s architect.

Permission was also given for external repair works on The Harris museum, art gallery and library, an application made necessary by issues uncovered during the £10m Buttress-designed refurbishment project approved in January 2021.

Also securing approval was a project at Barton Hall involving the demolition of buildings and their replacement by 38 office units totalling 36,442 sq ft.

Midas Land is the applicant for the office development, advised by Cassidy + Ashton.

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