Plans in for former Carlsberg depot

Stoford Developments and Oxenwood Real Estate have revealed proposals for a redevelopment of the former Carlsberg depot at Stone Cross Park in Wigan featuring more than 200,000 sq ft of industrial space.

The developers acquired the building, which has been vacant since February last year, in November 2018, and have now unveiled plans for a new-build and refurbishment project at the site in Golborne.

Two separate planning applications have been submitted: one includes a full refurbishment and extension of the existing building to feature 136,000 sq ft of refurbishment industrial space.

The second is for a 72,500 sq ft new-build element to the south of the depot. Together, these will provide nearly 210,000 sq ft of industrial at the 79-acre business park, six miles south of Wigan and off the A580. The development will be Stoford and Oxenwood’s first as a partnership.

Other occupiers currently based at Stone Cross include Ansell Lighting, Alpla, Gefco, Righton, and Cold Move. The retained agents for the scheme are Gerald Eve, M1 Agency, and DTRE.

Tony Nash, director, Stoford Developments, said: “Stone Cross is a prime logistics location with a lack of supply of good quality and much-needed employment accommodation. The site is well established, already housing an enviable line up of well-respected tenants.

“Our development of Stone Cross 72 and the refurbishment and extension of Stone Cross 136 will offer potential occupiers a choice of two high specification industrial/warehouse units with outstanding motorway connectivity to the north west and national networks.

“The high design quality of these developments allied to the lack of available stock in the area is likely to result in considerable demand. We expect the scheme to provide a huge boost to the local jobs market, delivering significant investment in Wigan’s economy.”

Stewart Little, co-founder of Oxenwood Real Estate, added: “The purchase and the partnership with Stoford is a natural extension of our strategy within logistics as we look to recycle the proceeds of the successful sales undertaken earlier this year. Within markets where we see strong occupational demand, we will build as well as buy and look for similar opportunities in 2019.”

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