Warehouse consent seals Staycold move

Pochin’s has received planning approval from Flintshire County Council to build a 33,500 sq ft unit at Hawarden Business Park, to house commercial refrigeration supplier Staycold.

Staycold currently works from offices in central Chester and outsources its warehousing to various locations. With the new build, the global exporter is aiming to bring these functions in house.

Funded through a Property for Business Development grant from the Welsh Government, the approved unit will comprise around 27,000 sq ft of warehouse space and 6,000 sq ft of office space, in addition to car parking and a yard.

Ed Jonas, managing director at Staycold, said: “The time is right to match Staycold’s growth and success with a facility that can deliver all of our requirements under one roof. Harwarden Business Park provides the ideal location to support our future growth plans; it is extremely well connected, with access to a skilled talent pool, and is somewhere we’ll be very proud to welcome visitors.

“Pochin’s has been instrumental in getting the project to this stage and, given its substantial track record in the industrial sector, is the right partner to take our plans forward.” Staycold is a South African business that opened the Chester office in 1998 as an export centre.

ALS Architects, SGI Consulting and RPS Group are on the professional team. Legat Owen and JLL are retained agents for Hawarden Business Park.

Six miles from Chester, the park is part of the Deeside Enterprise Zone. A former Second World War airbase, it was acquired by the Welsh Government in 2002. Other organisations with a presence in the area include Toyota, Raytheon and BAE Systems.

Work is expected to begin in January, with completion due in August 2019.

Bob Nicholson, property director at Pochin’s, said: “Pochin’s has a long history of development in North Wales and we are committed to its future prosperity. This development promises much for the local economy, and we look forward to seeing it come to fruition.”

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