Jobs boost as Stone Cross Park set for double development

North West | Property & Construction

Plans have been unveiled for two new industrial and warehouse developments at the site of a former Carlsberg brewery depot in Wigan, generating significant investment and employment opportunities.

Stoford Developments and Oxenwood Real Estate have announced plans to transform an existing site at Stone Cross Depot, Yew Tree Way, Golborne following the acquisition of the building in November.

The partners have submitted two separate full planning applications to Wigan Borough Council. They include the Grade A refurbishment and proposed 10,000 sq ft single storey extension to provide a 136,000 sq ft warehouse and a new build 72,500 sq ft Grade A facility to the south of the existing building. The scheme is the first for the new partnership.

The former Carlsberg depot has remained vacant since being closed in February 2018, after 20 years in operation.

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, said: “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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