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St. Modwen schemes to support the creation of over 1,000 jobs

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Work is expected to begin in January on a range of industrial and logistics units in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire which could create more than 1,000 jobs.

Birmingham-headquartered developer St Modwen is behind the projects at Etruria Valley and Trentham Lakes.

Planning approval has already been granted for five units at Trentham Lakes, ranging from 22,000 sq ft to 250,000 sq ft.

The company is set to be told next month on whether it has also been given the go-ahead for the next two phases at Etruria Valley, comprising a trade park scheme as well as a 43,000 sq ft standalone industrial and logistics unit. A further planning application for 51,000 sq ft on the same site has also been submitted.

The schemes are in addition to the development at Meaford Business Park, where St Modwen has already speculatively built 36,000 sq ft of industrial and logistics space, with planning secured for a further two industrial warehouse units, one 50,000 sq ft and the other 22,000 sq ft.

Euan Lindsay, senior development manager at St Modwen, said: “The north Staffordshire area continues to offer great opportunities for investment and our work across these three key sites has attracted major names and created a significant number of job opportunities.

“We’re keen to ensure Etruria Valley, Meaford Business Park and Trentham Lakes reach their full potential – and with a further circa 570,000 sq ft in the pipeline – we’re confident they will.”

James Clements, head of Midlands logistics and industrial at Knight Frank, added: “It is fantastic to see St Modwen committing to bring these sites forward at such a crucial time.

“There is a lack of good quality supply in this size range across the region, and developments like this are necessary to satisfy demand.”

Amazon take unit in Stoke-on-Trent

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Amazon Logistics has announced that it is taking the 220,000 sq. ft. warehouse, “Big Stan” on Trentham Lakes Stoke-on-Trent. It is expected that the move will create 20 new delivery station jobs within the unit and a further 100 delivery drivers are being recruited by 8 local logistics companies for home deliveries.

Amazon UK Director, Jamie Stephenson said, “Amazon Logistics adds capacity and flexibility to Amazon’s delivery network, enabling us to meet the delivery needs of customers. We are helping independent local delivery companies to grow their businesses by providing state-of-the-art technology to deliver Amazon orders.”

Work begins on £18m Screwfix expansion

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Regeneration specialist St. Modwen has begun work on the expansion of a distribution facility for building products supplier Screwfix. The AL18m investment is set to create more than 100 jobs with the potential to double this in future.

The work will see the facility at Trentham Lakes more than double in size, from 320,000 sq ft to 630,000 sq ft.

Representatives from both firms were joined by those from M&G Real Estate for the traditional ground-breaking ceremony.

The extension will comprise warehouse space, ancillary offices and enclosed loading facilities. St. Modwen has appointed Winvic as the contractor for the works, which are due to be complete by summer 2015.

The development, which will bring an initial inward investment to the area of AL18m, will enable Screwfix, part of the Kingfisher Group, to consolidate and expand its existing operations. The investment will create 100 additional full-time jobs, safeguard the 430 current positions and provide the potential for 200 employment opportunities in the future.

Euan Lindsay, Senior Development Manager at St. Modwen, said: a�Such extensive construction activity on site is encouraging evidence of the economic recovery.

a�We have been working in close partnership with Screwfix to ensure that we meet their requirements and enable them to expand their operations business within a prime logistical location. As well as creating and safeguarding jobs, this extension represents significant investment in the region and enables us to continue development at Trentham Lakes and attract big name brands.

a�The further investment in Trentham Lakes by M&G Real Estate, as owner of the facility, also demonstrates the investor confidence in the North Staffordshire Region.a�

Lindsay Haselhurst, Supply Chain and Operations Director at Screwfix, added the work was necessary to support the ongoing expansion of the business.

a�Screwfix has gone from strength to strength over the last 12 months, thanks to our successful multi-channel retail model and industry leading next day delivery service. The extension of our distribution facility at Trentham Lakes is the latest step in helping us to further enhance this offering across the group and we are delighted to see work commence,a� she said.

Alex Jeffrey, CEO of M&G Real Estate, said the commercial property firm was pleased to have the opportunity to fund the development.

a�We are also delighted to be working with one of our existing customers to deliver a product that they want, and which at the same time provides excellent long term returns for our investors,a� he said.

Trentham Lakes was originally chosen on the strength of its highway connections, following the completion of the A50 extension in the 1990s, which attracted numerous major logistics operations to relocate to Stoke-on-Trent.

Screwfix to Double Trentham site

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Screwfix has applied for planning permission for 300,000 sq ft distribution centre next to its existing 325,000 sq ft site at Trentham Lakes in Stoke on Trent thereby consolidating their two present sites in Staffordshire, at Trentham and Marchington, Uttoxeter. A The decision to expand the existing Trentham site was taken after a UK wide search, as well as considering the extension of a number of other group warehouses across Europe, it said.

aIt will allow for the merger of the two sites, thereby safeguarding 431 jobs and directly generating an additional 107 full time jobs at the one site with the potential for 200 additional jobs going forward. As such, the development will contribute significantly to local job creation.a A Screwfix, which is part of Kingfisher plc, started life as the Woodscrew Supply Company in 1979. The companyAs first catalogue consisted of a single page solely dedicated to screws. A The fully automated, 325,000 sq ft distribution centre was opened at Trentham in 2004, fulfilling next day orders. It also has a 540,000 sq ft distribution centre at Stafford.

SciLabware Move to Trentham Lakes

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Monday, 3rd of December 2012

Laboratory glassware manufacturer, SciLabware is moving from its present site in Stone to the former Yodel unit on Trentham Lakes. SciLabware are relocating to the 37,300 sq ft industirlal unit on Trentham Lakes and its present site will be redeveloped into housing. Yodel are rationalising its North Staffordshire operation and will continue to deliver from Chemical Lane, Longbridge Hayes.

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