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The builders’ merchant plans to set up its twelfth branch on the site. Credit: via Merrion Strategy

Builders’ merchant buys Widnes land for expansion 

Dan Whelan

Beesley & Fildes has acquired a 4.4-acre plot off Hale Road on the Golden Triangle Industrial Estate from land specialist BXB and developer Promenade Estates. 

The builders’ merchant plans to set up its twelfth branch on the site, comprising a distribution and administration centre. 

Beesley & Fildes has 11 branches across Merseyside and Greater Manchester. 

“This was a neat and quick transaction and provides us with a pleasing exit,” said BXB director Gary Goodman.  

“We are assessing new development opportunities in line with our brownfield first strategy and this sale allows us to concentrate our firepower.” 

Northern Land Agency advised Promenade and BXB on the sale, and Bermans provided legal support.

David Gwynn of WEM advised Beesley & Fildes, with Hill Dickinson providing legal advice. 

The Widnes land sale is the latest success for the BXB/Promenade partnership, set up in 2019 to acquire, remediate and sell on brownfield sites in the North West. 

The joint venture’s largest project is the remediation of the 104-acre Cowley Hill Works in St Helens. 

BXB and Promenade secured outline consent for 1,100 homes on the former Pilkington Glass Works in March and are no considering bids from housebuilders for the plot. 

In addition, the partnership is progressing plans for 140 homes in Thornton Cleveleys, Lancashire. 

BXB and Promenade are seeking outline planning permission for the 10-acre site on Fleetwood Road North, which they acquired in February for £2m from supermarket group J Sainsbury. 

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If only we had more firms concentrating on using brownfield sites then we would not be losing so much of our countryside unnecessarily.
If planning permission was not given so easily for greenfield sites to be ruined, then brownfield sites would have to be used. Useless politicians and civil servants do not help.

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