St. Modwen Logistics opens first phase of Derby sustainable warehouse project


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Derby sustainable warehouse project

St. Modwen Logistics, a leading logistics developer and manager, is today celebrating the completion of the first phase of a £46.5m project to bring sustainable, high-quality warehouse space to Derby.

The development – which has been delivered by Winvic and will see the transformation of 67-acres of brownfield site as part of a partnership between St. Modwen Logistics, Derby City Council and Network Rail – expects to bring up to 1,250 jobs to the area and will provide a crucial boost to the local economy as it bids to be selected as one of the government’s newly announced investment zones.

Research has shown that over the last five years, demand for industrial and logistics space in the North and the Midlands has accounted for 70% of the country’s total requirements, with the East Midlands accounting for 19% of demand in this period1, making Derby perfectly positioned to capitalise on these opportunities and help the city’s economy to grow.

St. Modwen Park Derby comprises four units totalling 303,000 sq ft and was opened at an event alongside a host of local dignitaries including Amanda Solloway, MP for Derby North; Chris Poulter, Leader of Derby Council; and the Mayor of Derby, Councillor Robin Wood.

“It’s been fascinating to see St Modwen Park taking shape on what was waste ground next to the Wyvern Centre, but now that I have attended the launch event it’s incredible to consider the huge benefits that it will bring to Derby in terms of job creation and the provision of high quality warehouse space and the kind of modern, dedicated office space that the city and the wider Midlands needs if it is to grow and prosper. We have always spoken of Derby’s position in the country and its excellent transport links, and this development, and Phase 2, when it is completed, are perfect examples of the how the city is using them to its advantage.”

Amanda Solloway, MP for Derby North speaking at the launch

“It is great to officially declare St. Modwen Park Derby open and to see the support the development has had from the local council and other stakeholders. This project is symbolic of our commitment to invest in areas where we feel we can provide local economic growth and generate jobs for the local region. There is currently a huge appetite for warehouse space like this is across the Midlands and the North and these units were built to address this. We are already in advanced discussions with parties about these units and look forward to welcoming businesses to this space ahead of commencing work on phase two.”

Robert Richardson, Development Director, St. Modwen Logistics

“It was a fantastic occasion to get together and celebrate the significant work that we have achieved in just eight months, and it is testament to the one team approach embraced by everyone involved. We very much look forward to being a part of the St. Modwen Park Derby story as it continues to expand in the future.”

Alex Whitelaw, Winvic’s Operations Manager

Developed with sustainability at front of mind, the Park has been built to St. Modwen’s industry-leading Swan Standard – a set of guidelines with a focus on responsible building practices and the needs of its customers and employees.

Businesses will benefit from increased energy efficiency within the units thanks to the site being built to achieve BREEAM Excellent standard, demonstrating significant investment and innovation in sustainability above current regulation and practice. Each unit comes complete with a photovoltaic (PV) system, and combined with enhanced building fabric, building services and on-site generation is expected to achieve over 50% carbon reduction.

In addition, the Park will feature a number of health and wellbeing enhancements such as a fitness trim trail, landscaped areas with outdoor seating for customers’ employees to relax, riverside walks, and a cycle path. Biodiversity and sustainable environments have also been integrated with the creation of 20 acres of landscaping incorporating a new species-rich riverside meadow, the planting of more than 17,000 new shrubs and trees and the creation of fish refuges along the River Derwent. This will contribute to St. Modwen Logistics’ key ethos of delivering quality places to work and improving the environment for those living close by.

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