Metier’s Skelmersdale offices open 70% sold

Cheshire-based developer Metier reported strong early sales as it opened its 25,000 sq ft speculative office, Maple Court, at Whitemoss Business Park in Skelmersdale.

Over 70% of the development, at Junction 4 of the M58, was sold prior to completion. Three units are still available for sale or to lease from 1,000 sq ft to 4,000 sq ft.

Andrew Hine, director of Métier, said: "Skelmersdale has seen little or no speculative office development in recent years. We identified at an early stage the potential of the location and we are delighted with the end result."

The building was opened this week by Cllr Adrian Owens, deputy chief executive of West Lancashire council. Owens added: "The council earmarked the site at Whitemoss Business Park for first class office development and we couldn't be happier with the outcome. Métier has delivered a scheme to be proud of which will help attract new companies to the Skelmersdale area creating significant employment opportunities."

The scheme was designed by Leach Rhodes Walker and constructed by Skelmersdale-based CPUK.

Chris Cheap, director in the offices team at GVA Grimley, joint agents with WHR, said: "Maple Court has outperformed other North West locations due to the superb quality of the product on offer and the unrivalled accessibility. We are continuing to receive a significant level of interest in the remaining buildings and we anticipate full occupancy within the near future."

The second phase of Maple Court has planning consent for 25,000 sq ft of offices, and will be retained for larger occupiers on a design and build basis.

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