Four Ashes Park

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Site Description: Four Ashes Park is a 21.45 hectare (52 acre) site with planning consent for B2 and B8 applications. 545,000 sq. ft. has already been pre-let to Gestamp. Zones 2 & 3 have been combined and a single unit of 450,000 sq. ft. is under construction. Zone 4 has a unit of 37,030 sq. ft. under construction. Both units are available. The main access road has been upgraded and traffic signals controlling access to and from the A449 has been undertaken.

Overall Developable Land: 21.45 hectares (52 acres) gross

Planning Use: B2 and B8

Developer: Bericote, First Panattoni.

Planning Authority: South Staffordshire Council

Major Local Companies: Moog, Birmingham Midshires, Mann + Hummel, UTC Aerospace Systems, Timken, Carillion plc, Meuller Europe, SI Group, Hoppe and Jaguar Land Rover

Workforce: 550,355 within thirty minute drive-time

Agent: Jones Lang LaSalle (0121 643 6440) and DTRE (020 3328 9080)

Sat Nav: WV10 7BT (Gravelly Way)

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Cities
Birmingham 23A miles (38km)
London 137 miles (218km)
Manchester 78A miles (125km)
Stafford 10A miles (16km)
Ports
Fexilstowe 198A miles (318km)
Folkestone 199A miles (320km)
Harwich 187A miles (301km)
Hull 130 miles (210km)
Southampton 146 miles (235km)
Airports
Birmingham International 29A miles (42km)
Manchester International 54A miles (87km)
Nottingham East Midlands 43 miles (69km)
Motorways
M54(Junction 2) 3.5A miles (5km)
M6 (Junction 12) 2.25A miles (7km)

Staffordshire employment site fully occupied as latest development starts

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Work has started on the latest development at a Staffordshire business park which will site over 1,000 jobs and forms part of a high growth zone near the M54.

This week Midlands developer First Pannatoni began its 440,000 sq ft speculative unit at the Four Ashes Business Park in South Staffordshire which means the site is now fully occupied. Four Ashes is already home to leading automotive parts supplier Gestamp, which started operations on site last year.

Sited off the A449, the 52-acre Four Ashes site provides 900,000 sq ft industrial floor space and forms part of the Wolverhampton Staffordshire High Growth Zone, which was launched at the MIPIM international property event this month.

Staffordshire County Council carried out the essential access works for Four Ashes, paving the way for new business and jobs. The project was funded by the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership including a £1.9million allocation from the Government’s Local Growth Fund.

It included the creation of a traffic signalled junction on the A449. In addition, new pedestrian crossings were installed and pedestrian and cycle routes improved.

County council finance leader Mike Sutherland, who met developers at Four Ashes this week said:

First Pannatoni’s development getting under way is further demonstration of investor confidence in Staffordshire and of the county’s continued successful economic growth.

The county council, working with the local enterprise partnership, delivered the essential access infrastructure to Four Ashes Business Park which paved the way for development. We have a global sector leader with Gestamp operational and this latest development will see the site full.

Four Ashes is just one of the sites the county council has been involved with since 2014 where there has been £400million of completed, ongoing and planned investment – ultimately leading to the creation of up to 13,000 jobs. This is more good news for Staffordshire and demonstrates that we are very much open for business.”

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP chairman David Frost CBE said:

The Four Ashes development is further proof that Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire is proving to be a very attractive location to do business. Our can-do attitude and strong partnerships across the public and private sectors are opening up development opportunities and creating a welcoming environment that enables businesses to grow and flourish.

The availability of great sites such as Four Ashes, our central location, good transport links and skilled workforce are proving a strong combination in attracting and retaining businesses.”

Major manufacturing Growth Zone plans unveiled at MIPIM

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A collection of new high-value manufacturing, business and logistics investment opportunities in Wolverhampton and Staffordshire has been unveiled at MIPIM in Cannes.

The M54 Wolverhampton – Staffordshire High Growth Zone will be one of the biggest in the UK and was today (13 March) showcased at The Right Landscape for Growth hotspot at the global property forum.

The Growth Zone consists of six strategic cluster sites next to the M54 and junctions 10a and 12 of the M6.

It builds on the i54 joint venture formed by City of Wolverhampton, Staffordshire and South Staffordshire councils in 2012, working closely with private sector partners.

The Growth Zone has the potential to deliver more than 11m sq ft of floor space and 20,000 jobs over 15 sites.

It provides investors, developers and occupiers with exciting opportunities over a ten-year programme.

The six strategic cluster sites are i54, Wobaston Park, Wolverhampton Business Park, ROF Featherstone, Mercury Park and Vernon Park, and West Midlands Interchange and Four Ashes Park.

Councillor John Reynolds, City of Wolverhampton Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “This is a great opportunity to join global brands in a nationally significant growth zone.

“These strategic sites are centrally located with first-class connectivity and major public-sector infrastructure investment.

“The scale of the proposition makes it one of the biggest in the UK and also offers access to a highly skilled workforce.”

The first cluster is the final 15 acres on plots C, D and E at i54, where the likes of Jaguar Land Rover, Moog, ISP, Eurofins, ERA and Atlas Copco (Tentec) are located.

The i54 partnership is now proposing a 100-acre western extension of the site, off junction 2 on the M54.

Wobaston Park offers two adjacent sites with easy access to the newly-improved Wobaston Road and M54, with planning permission for B1, B2 and B8 use.

Further north along the A449 is Wolverhampton Business Park on M54 Junction 2, which boasts available plots for professional services and end occupiers.

It is already home to Sunday Times top-ten company, Charter Court Financial Services.

ROF Featherstone, just north of M54, junction 2, is a 60-acre former ordnance site, owned by St Francis Group. It includes plans for a 30-acre extension. Joint venture partners are funding a new access route to the site, which will be followed by a planning application later this year, with plots available from 2020.

Mercury Park and Vernon Park lie just off M54 junction, where there are opportunities to join brands like Mann & Hummel, DHL, Squire, Hough and J Banks.

West Midlands Interchange is a proposition developed by Four Ashes Ltd – a joint venture between Grosvenor First, Kilbride Group and Piers Monkton. It will have direct freight access to the West Coast mainline and onward to the nation’s key deep-water ports. It will be subject to a ministerial development consent order this year, highlighting the significance of this national infrastructure project.

Four Ashes Park is the new home to international manufacturer Gestamp. It has also seen international developer First Panattoni invest in a 400,000 sq ft speculative build. The private investment is matched by public sector investment already being developed to support business growth and success.

The M54 Wolverhampton – Staffordshire High Growth Zone is supported by the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, West Midlands Combined Authority, and Midlands Engine.

Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader, Mark Winnington, said: “The M54 high growth zone presents huge opportunities for global investors and so presenting it at MIPIM is a vital part of our marketing of the area.

“All of the sites within the zone complement each other and are already home to world-leading brands which are playing an important part in UK and regional growth.

“The fact that the zone contains thriving enterprise hubs is due in no small part to the highly successful partnership of councils which has levered in millions of pounds of private investment.

“Its central location and road and rail links of course strengthen our pitch and we expect more improvements to infrastructure.

“The continued expansion and growth of the zone will create thousands more quality jobs in our area and ensure we have a skilled workforce to meet the needs of future business.”

Access works for county employment site completed as business operation begins

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Work to create access to a major new Staffordshire employment site has been completed with its flagship company already operational.

Staffordshire County Council carried out the works to create access to the Four Ashes site, paving the way for the relocation of automotive parts manufacturer Gestamp. The new facility is already part-operational. The 52-acre site in South Staffordshire has been developed by Bericote Properties, providing 900,000 square feet of industrial floor space and accommodating over 1,000 jobs.

The access to the site is from the A449 along Gravelly Way and the improvements have seen the creation of a new traffic light junction. Funded by the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership through the Government’s Local Growth Fund, the project also involved the installation of new toucan crossings, pedestrian and cycle routes.

Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said: “The Four Ashes project is the latest in a number of similar schemes we have delivered to bring business development and multi-million pound investment to Staffordshire.

“The access works are essential to the viability of the site and we’re pleased to have completed on time and on budget for the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

“This will be yet another thriving hub for business and see more job creation in Staffordshire and support our priorities of increasing prosperity and productivity in our county in the long term. We are pleased to have supported Gestamp’s relocation and expansion within the county.”

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP chairman David Frost CBE said: “The Four Ashes development is further proof that Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire is a great location to do business. Our can-do attitude and strong partnerships across the public and private sectors are creating a welcoming environment that enables businesses to grow and flourish.

“The availability of great sites like Four Ashes, our central location, good transport links and skilled workforce are proving a strong combination in attracting and retaining businesses.”

The project received a £1.91million allocation of the Local Growth Fund in addition to developer contributions.

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Further business expansion paves way for more Staffordshire jobs

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Further business expansion in Staffordshire announced this month will strengthen its position as a place of opportunity, the county’s economic growth leader has said.

With business development continuing at pace across the county, two businesses operating in Staffordshire have just announced further major investment. Jaguar Land Rover is planning to build a £40million storage facility for 6,500 vehicles in Stone. Developer Stoford is holding a public consultation today on the plans for the site at Stone Business Park which would create 75 jobs. The development would complement Jaguar Land Rover’s manufacturing facility at i54 South Staffordshire and its other Midlands sites.

Stafford-based Perkins, which produces diesel and gas engines for global export, has submitted its plans for site expansion in the county town. The company employs 750 people. Meanwhile GE’s relocation to the county council-developed Redhill Business Park in Stafford should be completed by next month. In South Staffordshire, automotive supplier Gestamp has started initial operations at the Bericote Four Ashes Business Park early as the county council completes road junction improvements and access to the site.

Staffordshire County Council economic growth leader Mark Winnington said: “Jaguar Land Rover’s announcement on plans for its storage facility in Stone demonstrates further commitment to Staffordshire and will complement its thriving manufacturing facility here. Like GE, Perkins is a long- established county employer where generations have worked and we are pleased it is expanding here, enabling it to offer greater opportunities and high quality jobs locally. And with Gestamp’s operations beginning earlier than expected, we are seeing real strength and resilience in our economy. These are all important developments as we continue to support the creation of better paid, higher skilled jobs in Staffordshire.”

Latest phase of access works for county employment site takes place this week

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The latest phase of works to create access to a major new Staffordshire employment site will take place this week.

Staffordshire County Council is carrying the works to create access to the Four Ashes site, paving the way for the relocation of automotive parts manufacturer Gestamp. The 52-acre site in South Staffordshire is being developed by Bericote Properties, providing 900,000 square feet of industrial floor space and accommodating over 1,000 jobs.

Access to the site is from the A449 along Gravelly Way and improvements are being made to the junction. Funded by the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership through the Government’s Local Growth Fund, the work involves creating a traffic signalled junction. In addition, toucan crossings are being installed and pedestrian and cycle routes improved. Next week’s junction works will involve a weekend northbound closure.

Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said while the county continued to see near full employment, its focus is now to create better paid jobs. Today’s unemployment claimant count statistic for Staffordshire is just one per cent of the local population, lower than both regional (2.4 per cent) and national (1.9 per cent) figures.

Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said: “Our essential work to create access to the Four Ashes site is progressing on schedule as we see the new Gestamp building really start to take shape. This will be yet another thriving hub for business and see more job creation in Staffordshire. Without these access improvements the site could not be developed. We are pleased to have supported Gestamp’s relocation and expansion within the county. These works have been coordinated with Highways England’s resurfacing of the A449 to minimise disruption and all works will be completed by late autumn. We’d like to thank people in advance for their patience through the works period.”

In order for the work to take place safely, phased lane closures have been put in place and a temporary 40mph limit on that stretch of road. The first two weekend closures enabled work to be completed successfully. On Friday September 22 the northbound carriageway will need to be closed from 9pm until 5am on Monday September 25. Final closures will take place in October.

The project received a £1.91million allocation of the Local Growth Fund in addition to developer contributions.

Next phase of works to create access to Staffordshire employment site set to start

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The next phase of works to create access to a major new Staffordshire employment site will move to its next phase at the end of July.

Staffordshire County Council is carrying the works to improve access to the Four Ashes Business Park, paving the way for the relocation of automotive parts manufacturer Gestamp. The 52-acre site in South Staffordshire is being developed by Bericote Properties, providing 900,000 square feet of industrial floor space and accommodating over 1,000 jobs.

Access to the site will be off the A449 along Gravelly Way and improvements are being made to the junction. Funded by the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership through the Government’s Local Growth Fund, the work will involve creating a traffic signalled junction. In addition, toucan crossings will be installed and pedestrian and cycle routes improved.

In order for the work to take place safely, phased lane closures will be put in place and there will be a temporary 40mph limit in place on that stretch of road. There will also be some night-time closures of the A449 at the junction as well as six weekend closures. The first weekend closure will take place next Friday July 28, from 9pm until 5am on Monday July 31. The second will take place the following weekend, on Friday August 4 from 9pm until 5am on Monday August 7. All works will be completed by late autumn.

All works and traffic management will be suspended over the weekend of the V Festival, from midnight on Thursday August 17 to midnight on Monday August 21. Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said: “Work to improve access to the Four Ashes site continues at pace and the development of the new Gestamp facility is well under way. This will be yet another thriving hub for business and see more job creation in Staffordshire. Good access is vital to ensure we meet the needs of business and we are pleased to have been able to support Gestamp’s relocation and expansion within the county. These works have been coordinated with Highways England’s resurfacing of the A449 to minimise disruption and all works will be completed by late autumn. We’d like to thank people in advance for their patience through the works period.”

The project received a £1.91million allocation of the Local Growth Fund in addition to developer contributions.

Make It team exceeds jobs target

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Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire’s inward investment team – responsible for attracting new business to the area and helping existing firms expand – exceeded its jobs target for the last financial year.

Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said that the focus remained on a drive towards the creation of better paid, better skilled jobs – with the inward investment team playing a major part.

In 2016/17, the Make It team had a target of supporting the creation of or safeguarding 2,000 jobs across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. Its final figure was 2,138 jobs, with 20 companies supported. Successes have included securing Spanish automotive supplier Gestamp’s relocation to the Bericote site in South Staffordshire, communication solutions specialist Ascom Wireless relocating to Lichfield and WaterPlus to Stoke-on-Trent.

Mark Winnington said: “It is pleasing to see our inward investment team exceeding its job target and demonstrates the strength of the local economy. We have seen some real inward investment successes over the last 12 months and in our key industry sectors. This ultimately means more and better paid jobs for Staffordshire people and in turn builds on the confidence we have to attract further investment.”

Make It Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire covers the local enterprise partnership area of both county and city.

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Deal cements ongoing joint drive to create jobs and boost growth

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A deal to support the creation of 3,500 jobs and 660 start-up businesses in South Staffordshire over the next four years has been signed by the county and district councils.

The second South Staffordshire District Deal sets out a four-year plan which will also see the creation of a skills federation to enable young people to meet the needs of local employers and work clubs set up to support people back into employment. A new health and wellbeing programme will be established for district residents.

It will build on successes achieved in the district at i54 South Staffordshire a now home to leading global businesses with a workforce of over 3,000 people a and at the Bericote Four Ashes site where automotive parts manufacturer Gestamp will be relocating its operations and 800 employees. With the former munitions site at Featherstone set for imminent development; the drive to attract new investment will continue as part of the deal.

The deal will demonstrate a commitment to ever closer working between the two councils as the move towards full locally retained business rates draws nearer. Its signing took place ahead of the start of the first Staffordshire Business Festival a a celebration of the countyas economic success and entrepreneurial drive.

Staffordshire County Council leader Philip Atkins OBE said: aOur two councils already work closely together to bring in major investors and create the right environment for businesses of all sizes. The achievements at i54 South Staffordshire have been recognised as a leading national example of how councils can work together to bring jobs and investment to their area. Weare getting the mix of big business and smaller enterprises right as Dunston Business Village demonstrates. Weare also delivering essential infrastructure like superfast broadband to boost connection and productivity. This all creates increased opportunities and more prosperous, healthier communities.a

Councillor Brian Edwards MBE, leader of South Staffordshire Council, said, aIam delighted that our two councils have signed the second District Deal for South Staffordshire. Building on the foundations of the original, this deal will help increase economic growth across the district and create conditions for new and existing businesses to thrive. Our strong partnership with Staffordshire County is helping deliver a skilled and prosperous district and together we are attracting more investment and jobs into the area.a

Philip signed the deal with Brian Edwards MBE at the districtas award-winning Dunston Business Village. The village, run by Adrian MacLaughlin, is currently expanding. There are 58 companies currently operating there.

Adrian said: aDunston Business Village is home to a broad range of companies which demonstrates Staffordshireas diverse and thriving economy. We are currently expanding and look forward to welcoming new businesses very soon. Businesses tell us that the village is an attractive place to work and to bring clients and weare in a great location. Staffordshire itself is an excellent place to do business and itas encouraging to see our councils working together to support economic growth and increase prosperity in the county.a

The first District Deal, launched in 2013, laid the foundations to closer working, shared resources and improving employment skills in the district.

Gestamp Expands in South Staffordshire

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The decision by Spanish automotive supplier Gestamp to expand on a new site in Staffordshire demonstrates strong investor confidence in the county and the UK, the county council leader and LEP chairman said today. Gestamp is relocating from its current location in Cannock to a 550,000 sq ft site at the 52 acre Bericote Four Ashes site in South Staffordshire. The site has benefited from new access improvements off the A449 by Staffordshire County Council in a project funded through the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Enterprise Partnership as part of the Governmentas Local Growth Fund.

Staffordshire County Council leader Philip Atkins OBE said: aGestampas expansion in Staffordshire is great news for the county economy and for the country. This is a major decision by a Spanish company and is a demonstration of investor confidence in the UK and in particular Staffordshire and the West Midlands. This will lead to local job creation and retention as Gestamp is a thriving company in one of our key economic sectors. aWe have worked hard with colleagues at the LEP and the two district councils to enable the company to relocate within the county and been able to present a premium site ready for development with many excellent attributes. Following the allocation of AL2million through the Local Growth Fund, the county council has created an access road to the site and work will now take place to improve the trunk road junction, linking to the M6 and M54. This is just another example of Staffordshire County Councilas strong track record in the delivery of major business development projects and helping to safeguard up to 800 jobs.a

LEP chairman David Frost CBE commented: aThis is excellent news for our area, and further proof that Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire is a great location for businesses to grow and flourish a and it is a big vote of confidence in the UK economy. aThis announcement is the culmination of months of hard work by the local Gestamp management and ourselves to identify the right location for Gestamp to expand, retaining this important business in the Staffordshire area, facilitating the move and ensuring that local jobs are safeguarded. aWe are very pleased to have had the whole-hearted support of the Department for International Trade, Staffordshire County Council, South Staffordshire District Council and Cannock Chase Council in making this move a success. aThe availability of great sites like Four Ashes, our central location, good transport links and a skilled workforce are proving an unbeatable combination in attracting and retaining businesses.a

South Staffordshire Council leader Brian Edwards said: aWe have been working hard with our partners to support the company in making this move and so it is rewarding to see the announcement made today. What is important is that Gestamp is staying in Staffordshire and retaining a local workforce. South Staffordshire is playing its part in driving the county and wider economy with major international businesses deciding to locate here.a

The LEP invested AL2m of its funding from the Governmentas Local Growth Fund in opening up the Four Ashes site for industrial development, working in partnership with Bericote Properties and Staffordshire County Council.

The work involved improving the road access to the 52-acre site at Four Ashes, a prime location off the A449 and close to the M54 and M6. The access on Gravelly Way, off the A449, was made safe and suitable for industrial traffic by widening the road and adding pavements and street lighting, as well as installing traffic signals on the Gravelly Way railway bridge.

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Supporting works on another Staffordshire business development site on schedule for spring finish

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Another Staffordshire site will be soon ready for business development with work to provide its access on schedule for a spring completion.

The county council is working with Bericote Properties to provide improved access to the site at Four Ashes, South Staffordshire. Completion of the project is on schedule for late spring, meaning the site will be ready for major business development.

It is another project backed by the Governmentas Local Growth Fund, with AL1.91million allocated by the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Enterprise Partnership. When completed, the 52-acre site could provide more than 900,000 square feet of industrial floor space, potentially creating up to 1,080 jobs.

Work started in November last year and involves improving Gravelly Way off the A449 a which was too narrow with no lighting or pavements. The team is now working to reconstruct and widen the road, build new pavements and install lighting to provide safe and suitable access to industrial traffic. In addition, it will be installing signals on the Gravelly Way railway bridge. The project is on schedule to be completed at the end of May.

Staffordshire County Council leader Philip Atkins said: aOur project at Bericote Four Ashes is progressing well a opening up the site for major development soon. It is another scheme which has had the backing of the Governmentas Local Growth Fund and another example of how weare delivering on time and on budget to boost local growth. Bericote Four Ashes is in a prime location close to the A449, M54 and M6 so this and its newly improved accessibility will be a big draw for leading businesses. We hope to announce development on site soon.a

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Enterprise Partnership chairman David Frost said: aWe are delighted to see that our ambitions to create more and better jobs benefitting local communities are taking shape on the ground at Bericote Four Ashes. It is clear that Staffordshire is proving to be an increasingly attractive location for businesses both to locate and grow. The availability of great sites such as Four Ashes, our central location in the UK and a skilled labour force are an unbeatable combination.a

The first Local Growth Fund project undertaken by the county council on behalf of the local enterprise partnership was at Liberty Park in Lichfield. The project involved building a new bridge over the West Coast Mainline and improving the access road to the site. Plans have now been submitted for three speculative units at Liberty Park.

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