Work begins to unlock Deeside employment land

Paul Unger

Civil engineering contractor D Morgan has started work on the first phase access road into the massive new Northern Gateway extension to Deeside Industrial Park, opening up hundreds of acres of development land.

The £3.1m contract was awarded by the Welsh Government to Ellesmere Port-based D Morgan and covers construction of an 0.8km single carriageway highway including junctions and roundabouts, foot-ways and cycle ways.

Outline planning permission is in place for Northern Gateway, owned by Praxis and Pochin Goodman. The new road opens up the 420-acre Praxis site, once home to the RAF Sealand south camp. Praxis plans 2m sq ft of distribution space, as well as offices, retail and roadside units.

Pochin Goodman’s site, formerly owned by steelmaker Corus, extends to 172 acres. Pochin Goodman plans a technology park in a campus layout retaining listed buildings and including a new hotel and training centre.

The new road into the site will be located off Welsh Road, north of the River Dee, west of the A550 and A494 near Garden City. Eventually there will be a highway across the entire site, the road is expected to take five years to deliver. The first phase of the road will take less than a year to build.

Aecom advises the Welsh Government. AEW Architects and Spawforths advise Pochin Goomdan.

No one was available at Praxis to confirm when the first phase of development would be delivered.

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