A former Asda warehouse site in Dallam Lane is to be converted into a clean plastics recycling facility by Indigo Environmental.
Indigo was acquired by The Hut Group in spring this year as the e-commece giant sought to bring its plastics recycling in-house.
With a change of use application now lodged at Warrington Council, THG is planning to relocate Indigo’s regional operation from its base at Widnes Business Park. Indigo has a further site in South Wales.
Planner Euan Kellie Property Solutions is advising THG on the project. The professional team also includes architect Chetwoods, transport consultancy SK, noise assessor e3p, drainage consultant WSP and NG Bailey.
In its planning statement, EKPS outlines how THG has been an employer in Warrington since 2015, when it opened a major production and distribution site at Omega, a centre it is planning to expand by 180,000 sq ft.
EKPS goes on to spell out THG’s plans in sustainability, including producing “zero waste to landfill” by 2030, 100% of its own-brand packaging to be recyclable by 2025 (and 70% of third party brands’ by 2030), to recycle more plastic than it uses by 2030, and to have all suppliers committed to ethical sourcing standards by 2025.
The site, north of the town centre, has two warehouse builings totalling 305,000 sq ft. The site is bound to the west by the west coast mainline railway, and to the east by Dallam Lane. Apart from some housing on Bewsey Road, most of the area is commercial, with major buildings being the Halliwell Jones Stadium and a Tesco Extra.
The plan is to keep the existing layout of the site as it is, with the addition of a waste area (equal to around seven skips) outside one of the two warehouses. Two generators will also be located externally.
With a share price that has fluctuated wildly since a much-celebrated IPO in 2020, THG has rarely been out of the business news this year.
In August it secured consent for a luxury guesthouse as part of its Hale Country Club project, while its 459,000 sq ft warehouse wrapped up the Icon logistics hub at Airport City on completion in October.
Summer saw permission granted for an office, hotel and restaurant scheme at Kennedy Street in central Manchester.