The biggest scheme at Eshton’s £70m Burnley Bridge Business Park has been handed over to occupier Exertis, following completion of the 550,000 sq ft warehouse.
Main contractor, Bowmer & Kirkland, handed over the unit with office accommodation after a 56-week build programme which saw the installation of 42 km of tubular steel piling and construction of a steel frame requiring 1,900 tonnes of metal.
Exertis’ fit-out contractors have taken possession of the building, along with racking contractors to enable the technology distributor to move in.
David Singleton, director at Eshton, said: “This unit is big enough to contain five full-sized football pitches and its completion is a major milestone for Exertis, Burnley Bridge Business Park and for Burnley and the M65 corridor.
“The construction method has maximised the potential of the site to create a 24-bay warehouse along with three-storey offices and external yard with immediate access to the motorway network via Junction 9 of the M65.
“The successful scheme adds to the mixed profile of accommodation and occupiers at the rapidly-expanding development which is also home to YESSS Electrical, Birchall Foodservice, Equinox Building Solutions and Townsend Music.”
The development scheme involved remediation to the site with cut and fill works to level the ground. The 3,911 steel piles were then installed to a depth of up to 16 metres to stabilise the site prior to construction of the foundations, the steel framework and a composite steel fibre suspended ground floor slab, containing 400 tonnes of steel fibres.
Externally, the project also included construction of the goods yard and a combination of hard landscaping and planting.