Liberty Park

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Site Description: Site fronts the A38 and lies within 2 miles of Lichfield city centre. Plots of 1 to 20 acres freehold or leasehold available for design and built units of between 25,000 sqft – 350,000 sqft (2323 – 32,516 sqm) capable of housing B1, B2 & B8 developments.

Overall Developable Land: 13 hectares (32 acres)

Planning Use: B1, B2 and B8

Site Owner: Liberty Property Trust / Stoford Developments

Planning Authority: Lichfield District Council

Major Local Companies: Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, Faurecia, Tesco, Floreco, Unimerco and Zytek

Workforce: 247,462 within thirty minute drive time

Developers: Stoford Developments Ltd

Agents: CBRE 0121 616 5555 and Avison Young 024 7663 6888

Sat Nav: WS14 9HY

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Cities
Birmingham 19A miles (31 km)
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Manchester 67A miles (107 km)
Sheffield 54 miles (87 km)
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Folkestone 203 miles (326 km)
Harwich 180A miles (290 km)
Hull 112 miles (180 km)
Southampton 145A miles (234 km)
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Birmingham 23 miles (37 km)
Manchester 60 miles (37 km)
East Midlands 24A miles (97 km)
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M1 (Junction 24) 28A miles (44 km)
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Midlands UK Pavilion

Commercial partners and civic leaders hail Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire MIPIM success

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The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire delegation has had its busiest ever year at international property show MIPIM The four-day event saw 70 one-to-one meetings with developers and investors, plus a series of special briefing events and seminars promoting investment opportunities in the area on a global stage.

MIPIM, which takes place in Cannes each year, is the largest gathering of senior leaders from all international property sectors, offering unrivalled access to the greatest number of development projects and sources of capital worldwide. The 2018 event attracted more than 26,000 delegates from more than 100 countries.

Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership joined forces with the nine other LEP areas and other partners across the Midlands Engine region within a Midlands UK pavilion at MIPIM, following a successful pilot at MIPIM 2017. The Midlands UK Pavilion welcomed more than 4,700 visitors, a 57per cent increase on 2017. More than 50 events were hosted by Midlands UK, including panel discussions and showcase presentations, featuring almost 100 speakers from both the public and private sectors.

A total of 68 commercial partners, including the region’s property community, major businesses, airports, science and tech parks, and local universities were involved in Midlands events. Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire’s commercial partners and sponsors included Stoford Developments, Wardell Armstrong, Siemens, Gleeds, Nordic Heat, Staffordshire University, Faithful and Gould, VXFIBER, Network Space, Knights 1759, Solarplicity, A&J Mucklow, Harworth Group and CWC Group.

In addition, the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire team held more than 70 one-to-one meetings with commercial and residential developers, property investors, and decision-makers within government.

Siemens project development director Tim Lowe commented: “I was delighted to be able to participate alongside the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire delegation at MIPIM.  We’ve been very impressed by their ambition, collaborative spirit, and willingness to embrace new technology. This is already leading to some exciting developments in the energy sector in Stoke-on-Trent, and we are working hard to develop further projects in addition to the landmark schemes that are already under way.”

Stoford Developments director Tony Nash commented: “We certainly got great benefit from promoting our development experience in Staffordshire to a wider property market and also sharing investment ideas with both the public and private sector.

“Opportunities for investing in both Staffordshire and Stoke were brought to the fore of our investment plans and without the private-public communication offered by MIPIM we certainly would not have as clear an understanding of the opportunities in Staffordshire.”

CWC Group director Marc Freeman said: “It has been an excellent MIPIM this year, extremely well supported across the board. The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire presence was as strong as ever, with an ever-growing realisation of investment and development which we are proud to sponsor and be a part of in the Ceramic Valley with our land ownerships and developments over the last 12 months.”

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership chairman David Frost CBE said: “This was the most successful MIPIM yet for Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. We reaped the benefits of joining forces with the rest of the Midlands region in a Midlands UK pavilion, which raised our profile and led to a dramatic increase in the number of visitors. We were able to achieve a much bigger impact while still retaining our own distinctive identity, and promoted our area with a range of successful and very well attended events.

“It is very important that we keep a continuing flow of new investment into Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire and promote growth opportunities to a national and global audience, so that we can create more and better jobs for local people.

“Our central location makes this a great place to live, work, invest and do business, and we made a very impressive case to international investors.”

Stafford Borough Council leader Councillor Patrick Farrington said: “So many comments were made about how ideally placed the borough was geographically, and our excellent accessibility, that Stafford was described by one investor as a ‘hidden gem’. Following our presentations at MIPIM we are no longer hidden!

“The importance of securing commercial investment to create employment opportunities and to enhance the residential development offer to those who are looking to buy or rent in our borough cannot be overstated. The event has proved successful for our community in the past, with the investment by Jaguar Land Rover in Stone coming on the back of a previous visit.”

Councillor Abi Brown, Stoke-on-Trent City Council deputy leader, said: “We were able to showcase the excellent opportunities that our city has to offer to hundreds of developers, investors, partners, influencers and government decision makers. MIPIM is a unique opportunity to do this, to shout about Stoke-on-Trent on a global scale.

“We have prime development-ready sites for investors, backed-up by a team who provide tailor-made solutions to smooth the process for businesses to locate here. We have first-class connectivity across the country and some of the cheapest land and set-up costs in the UK. We showed delegates our ambition and confidence in the city with a serious of bold development opportunities, supported by a wide range of public and private sector partners. We have had several strong enquiries already, less than a week on, and will look forward to these being progressed.”

Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said: “This year’s MIPIM has been a resounding success. The feedback from delegates has been really encouraging and our LEP contingent presented a strong case for investing in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

“Personally I was pleased to launch the Wolverhampton-Staffordshire High Growth Zone which is fast becoming a leading national business hub with transport connections that will be second to none. This was in addition to the Stafford Gateway project – transforming the county town’s economy through employment, housing and leisure development with improved connections through HS2.

“MIPIM has again provided us with an unrivalled opportunity to showcase Staffordshire to global investors and show that we are key drivers in the Midlands Engine. Together we have been able to demonstrate how the region is the economic powerhouse of the UK and that our county is playing a major part in boosting productivity in the Midlands.”

The MIPIM events the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire team were involved with included:

  • The M54 Wolverhampton – Staffordshire High Growth Zone Launch hosted by Councillor Mark Winnington (Staffordshire County Council) and Tim Johnson (Wolverhampton City Council). The Growth Zone has the potential to deliver more than 11m sq ft of floor space and 20,000 jobs over 15 sites, including i54, Wobaston Park, Wolverhampton Business Park, ROF Featherstone, Mercury Park and Vernon Park, and Four Ashes Park.
  • Midlands Showcase presentation on Stafford Gateway and the New Garden Settlement hosted by Councillor Patrick Farrington (leader, Stafford Borough Council) and Councillor Winnington. This provided an update on progress, including the project’s inclusion in the Midlands Engine Investment Portfolio.
  • Midlands Panel Session on ‘Using innovative thinking to unlock investment and accelerate development plans’. Councillor Abi Brown (deputy leader, Stoke-on-Trent City Council) participated in the panel alongside Nick Taylor (KPMG), Deborah Cadman (WMCA), Martin Reeves (Coventry City Council) and Anthony McCourt (Court Collaboration).
  • Midlands Showcase presentation on the Stoke-on-Trent Station Masterplan, University Quarter and Spode Works hosted by Councillor Brown. This included an announcement on potential options for the redevelopment of the Swift House site.
  • Midlands Panel Session on ‘How can the Midlands create the quantity and quality of homes needed?’ David Frost, Chairman of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP participated in the panel alongside Tom Purnell (Leicestershire County Council), Tim Downing (Pygott & Crone), Owen Michaelson (Harworth Group), Stephen Pratt (Godwin Developments) & Tom Shaw (Ramboll).
  • Midlands Panel Session on Stoke-on-Trent and Energy Securitisation hosted by David Frost. The panel included Councillor Abi Brown, Richard Watts (VXFiber), Peter Anderberg (Nordic Heat), Tim Day (Solarplicity) and Tim Lowe (Siemens). Each gave presentations on their work supporting the City Council’s plans to become a smart and sustainable city.

There were four events in the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire apartment focusing on Stafford Gateway/New Garden Settlement, the Stoke-on-Trent Station Masterplan and Stoke-on-Trent Smart Sustainable City, plus an opening reception on Monday evening which welcomed over 100 delegates.

  • Tuesday evening – ‘Delivering a new County Town Through HS2; Stafford Gateway and Stafford New Garden Settlement’. This included presentations by Councillor Patrick Farrington and Duncan Sutherland (HS2).
  • Wednesday morning – ‘Stoke-on-Trent Station Masterplan, University Quarter & Spode Works’. This included presentations by Councillor Abi Brown, Professor Martin Jones (Staffordshire University) and Duncan Sutherland (HS2).
  • Wednesday evening – ‘Building a Smart Sustainable City for Stoke-on-Trent’. This included presentations by Tim Lowe (Siemens), Tim Day (Solarplicity), Peter Anderberg (Nordic Heat) and Richard Watts (VXFIBER).

The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP dinner was attended by a full house of 30 people from a range of sponsors, public sector partners, developers and professional service providers. These included Wardell Armstrong, Gleeds, Network Space, Stoford Developments, Knights LLP, Faithful and Gould, Solarplicity, VX Fiber, HS2 Growth Partnership, Staffordshire University, Harworth Estates, Siemens, Hilton Hotels, Nordic Heat, Öresundskraft and the Midlands Engine. The discussion during the dinner was chaired by David Frost with significant contributions from Councillors Farrington, Winnington and Brown.

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Plans approved for Phase one of a AL38 million Lichfield business park

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Plans for Phase one of a AL38 million development of warehouse units in Lichfield have been given the go-ahead development partners Stoford and Liberty Property Trust have announced.

Detailed planning consent has been granted by Lichfield District Council for three industrial units of 103,000 sq ft, 31,500 sq ft and 27,000 sq ft at Liberty Park, Lichfield.

Stoford and Liberty say the units are immediately deliverable and can be completed within eight months.

Libertyas managing director, Andrew Blevins, said: aIt is fantastic news that Liberty Park, Lichfield has been awarded detailed planning consent. The scheme is in an excellent location adjacent to the A38 and weare in no doubt that it will be in high-demand.a

Tony Nash, director at Stoford, said: aWeare delighted to have been granted planning consent for Liberty Park, Lichfield. There is a lack of suitable, high-quality industrial space in the region and weare confident that these three units will not be on the market for long.a

Work on the infrastructure of the site commenced in 2015 with the replacement bridge over the West Coast Mainline completing in January 2016. The bridge was the first business development project backed by the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnershipas Growth Deal to get underway in Staffordshire.

The workA wasA carried out by Staffordshire County Council and was paid for from the LEPas Growth Deal funding allocation from the Government, with additional financial contributions from LibertyA Property Trust. It paves the way for the construction of the new industrial and warehouseA units.

For more information about Liberty Park, Lichfield visit www.libertyparklichfield.com

 

Photo caption (left to right): Tony Nash (Stoford director), Andrew Blevins (MD at Liberty Property Trust), local enterprise partnership chairman David Frost, Staffordshire County Council chairman Janet Eagland, Lichfield District Council leader Mike Wilcox and Staffordshire County Council economy leader Mark Winnington.

Staffordshire business development on track as rail bridge opens

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A Staffordshire road and rail bridge, providing access to a new multi-million-pound industrial and warehouse development, has been officially opened.

Business leaders, property experts and civic dignitaries saw the unveiling of the new bridge at Burton Old Road in Lichfield, which now forms the access to the Lichfield Trent Valley station car park and the Liberty Park, Lichfield, development.

Liberty Park is a AL38 million development of 441,000 sq ft of industrial and warehouse units that will create hundreds of jobs. The replacement bridge over the West Coast Mainline was the first business development project backed by the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnershipas Growth Deal to get under way in Staffordshire and is the first to have its infrastructure work completed. A The work was carried out by Staffordshire County Council and was paid for from the LEPas Growth Deal funding allocation from the Government, with additional financial contributions from Liberty Property Trust. It will pave the way for construction of new industrial and warehouse units by Liberty and its partner Stoford Developments. A The highway improvements were supported by a AL4million allocation from the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEPas Growth Deal. The funding is part of an AL82 million package of major Growth Deal projects being delivered across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire by the local enterprise partnership.

Work involved replacing the old bridge over the railway. It was demolished overnight on Christmas Day 2014 before being replaced. Twelve concrete beams were put in place to provide the new bridge deck in July. Burton Old Road has also undergone major improvements. A Staffordshire County Council economy leader Mark Winnington said: aThe official opening of this rail bridge is a real development achievement a not only for Lichfield and Liberty Park but for Staffordshire as this is the first Growth Deal infrastructure project to be completed. It sends a clear message to potential investors and the Government that we are delivering major schemes with our partners on time and on budget. This puts us in a strong position moving forward with future projects.

aNow the foundations have been laid, we look forward seeing the on site development get underway and understand there is already significant interest in the site. Ultimately this means growth in our economy and more jobs for Staffordshire people.a

Andrew Blevins, managing director of Liberty Property Trust said:A aThe opening of the bridge is an important milestone for Liberty Park, Lichfield, and is an excellent example of Staffordshire County Council working with the property industry to enable commercial development and jobs to come to Lichfield.

aThe improved public infrastructure which has now opened up the development site was jointly funded by Government and Liberty Property Trust. Since the development was launched in March 2015, it has already attracted interest from potential occupiers well placed to create jobs and economic growth for the region.a A Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership chairman David Frost CBE said: aThe impressive pace of progress on these essential infrastructure improvements at Liberty Park has got our Growth Deal plans off to a flying start. This success of this first flagship project is a real boost to our package of strategic industrial and commercial developments that will set firm foundations for continued economic growth across our region.

aWe are delighted to see that our ambitions to create more and better jobs benefitting local communities are taking shape on the ground. Showpiece projects such as Liberty Park illustrate the benefits of working in partnership with the private sector and civic leaders and show that our region is very much open for business.a

Councillor Mike Wilcox, leader of Lichfield District Council, added: aWeare thrilled the new bridge has been officially launched and is providing a gateway to the impressive Liberty Park. This development demonstrates how Lichfield District continues to be an attractive place for investment and is a fantastic location to grow your business.a

First Government Growth Deal project in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire officially opened

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Completion of supporting works to major employment sites has laid the foundation for more new jobs in Staffordshireas as the number of people claiming job seekersa allowance hit an all-time low today.

The first Government Growth Deal project in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent has been officially opened. Supporting work for Liberty Park in Lichfield has seen a new replacement rail bridge built by the county council, providing access to the site and the London Midland Trent Valley station car park. The site could provide over 1,000 jobs. The project, which was allocated AL4million from the Local Growth Fund, has seen Staffordshire County Council carry out the bridge replacement and road improvement works before the developer Liberty and its partner Stoford move on site to build the industrial units.

Work to provide the infrastructure for a new business park at Meaford near Stone is on schedule for completion in May. The project, carried out by the county council, received a AL4million allocation from the Local Growth Fund. Developer St Modwen will then take the scheme forward on site. The development, on what is the largest brownfield site in the county, could provide up to 2,200 jobs when completed.

In June, a new innovation centre at Keele University Science and Innovation Park will be completed. The AL7milllion development between Staffordshire County Council and KUSIP will look to attract leading UK and international businesses in the medical, technology and engineering sectors. It will provide up to 130 skilled jobs and is the fifth centre of its kind on the university campus. It will be located on an established site for future development on the Keele campus.

Staffordshire County Councilas economy leader Mark Winnington said: aStaffordshireas success story in increasing job opportunities over the last few years has been phenomenal and we have hit an all-time low today in terms of the number of people claiming job seekersa allowance. The county council has supported business expansion, backed smaller enterprises, invested where it matters and with partners is driving up skills. We know we must continue to build on these successes and we are literally laying the foundations for new jobs in the coming months and years. We are ahead of the game with our business development and this is something that has been recognised by Government. These business sites will bring a real mix of quality jobs to Staffordshire people.a

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Access road to new Staffordshire business development opens

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Work to develop a Staffordshire business site will reach a major milestone with the opening of an improved road and replacement rail bridge this week.

The first vehicles will travel onto the improved Burton Old Road in Lichfield, which now forms the access to the Lichfield Trent Valley station car park and the Liberty Park development. It was the first business development project backed by the Government’s Growth Deal funding to get under way in Staffordshire and is the first to have its infrastructure work completed.

Groundworks and the access developments including a new rail bridge over the West Coast Mainline are now finished. The work was carried out by Staffordshire County Council with additional financial contributions from Liberty and will pave the way for construction of new industrial and warehouse units by Liberty Property Trust and its partner Stoford Developments. The industrial and warehouse development will create much-needed jobs in the area.

The highway improvements carried out by the county council received a AL4million allocation from the Government’s Local Growth Fund. It forms part of a package of major projects as part of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Growth Deal being delivered by the area’s local enterprise partnership. Work involved replacing a bridge over the railway. The old bridge was demolished overnight on Christmas Day 2014 before being replaced in the summer and 12 concrete beams were put in place to provide the new bridge deck in July. Burton Old Road has also undergone major improvements.

Staffordshire County Councils economy leader Mark Winnington said: “It is pleasing to see the infrastructure work to help to support Liberty Park completed and we look forward to seeing the on site development get under way. This is one of our flagship developments and is significant to us because it is the first completed Growth Deal project. Improving this infrastructure is a real milestone as it means Liberty and Stoford can get on with the business development and continue to market the site. It has been a considerable achievement and involved meticulous planning to ensure the bridge was replaced on time. Together with our partners we are demonstrating how we’re delivering major projects which boost economic growth and job creation locally. This sends a strong positive message to the Government and potential investors.”

Andrew Blevins, managing director, Liberty Property Trust said: “Liberty Park, Lichfield, is an important example of Staffordshire County Council working with the property industry to enable commercial development and jobs to come to Lichfield.

“The improved public infrastructure which has now opened up the development site was jointly funded by Government and Liberty Property Trust. Since the development was launched in March this year, it has already attracted interest from potential occupiers well placed to create jobs and economic growth for the region.”

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership chairman David Frost CBE said: “We are delighted with the rapid progress on this showpiece project, which has got our Growth Deal plans off to a flying start.

“It is very gratifying to see our ambitions for economic growth turning into reality on the ground and creating more and better jobs, benefitting local communities. Projects such as Liberty Park illustrate our can-do attitude and show that our region is very much open for business.”

New bridge at Old Burton Road, Liberty Park, Lichfield

Staffordshire set to deliver more employment sites as business development continues

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New bridge over West Coast Mainline at Liberty Park, Lichfield.

Staffordshire is preparing for more business development schemes as it continues to deliver multi-million pound Growth Deal projects.

The county council and its partners are planning projects in anticipation of a new round of applications put forward by the Government this autumn. The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership has successfully levered in some AL97.7m of Growth Deal funding since the first round of applications were submitted in March 2014. Project development is continuing at pace and will demonstrate the countyas ability to deliver major job boosting schemes.

Staffordshire County Councilas economy leader Mark Winnington said: aWe are continuing to plan for new projects which would create hundreds more jobs for Staffordshire people. We are very confident that we can attract millions of pounds worth of funding from future Growth Deal rounds which will in turn be bolstered by private investment. It is good to take stock of our considerable achievements so far which will lead to a stronger economy and more opportunities for Staffordshire people. Our ability to deliver on time and on budget also sends a strong positive message to the Government and potential investors.a

Infrastructure work by the county council at Lichfieldas Liberty Park is now nearing completion and involved replacing a bridge over the West Coast Mainline to provide access. The site could create up to 1,100 jobs. At Meaford near Stone road and access improvements are continuing ahead of a site development which could create 2,200 jobs. The Growth Deal is also supporting Staffordshireas advanced manufacturing and engineering skills hub a funding colleges and training organisations to deliver specific key sector industry courses. Work to build an access road to a site at Bericote Four Ashes in South Staffordshire is set to begin before the new year, while 2016 will also see the start of work on the Tamworthas Creative Quarter project. The construction of Staffordas western access route to relieve town centre congestion will follow soon afterwards.

In total, the Growth Deal for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent has a total project value of AL153million, with the potential to create more than 11,000 jobs and support the construction of 8,000 houses.A A Growth Deal progress report was discussed by the county councilas prosperous Staffordshire select committee this week.

Matt Fellows with Noel Hammett from Stoford

Students discover the rewards of career in engineering at new industry hub

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Students from a Staffordshire high school have been discovering first-hand how civil engineers are helping to transform a 30-acre site into a job boosting industrial park.

Work is well underway at Liberty Park, Lichfield a a AL38 million development of industrial and warehouse accommodation which could create up to 1,100 jobs.

Staffordshire County Council is working with Liberty Property Trust and its partner Stoford Developments on the project.

The development is providing an opportunity for young people in the area to see how the different elements of engineering contribute to the overall development. Students from nearby Nether Stowe School visited the site last week.

Sixth-formers looked at examples of project management and how mathematics is used in construction design, in addition to taking part in a workshops involving a real site problem and a setting out exercise using surveying equipment. Engineers also gave presentations to a group of year ten students as part of their careers day. The students also took part in a bridge building exercise set out by the Institution of Civil Engineers. A similar programme took place during the construction phase of i54 South Staffordshire and more school visits to Liberty Park are planned as the development gathers pace.

At the beginning of this month, work to build the access bridge onto the site neared completion as the beams to form the decking were put into place across the West Coast mainline. Ten 33-tonne concrete beams flanked by two 40-tonne beams were lifted into place.

The former bridge over the railway was demolished overnight on Christmas Day 2014. In the meantime, engineers have been working hard to build the foundations to the bridge on either side of the railway.

Staffordshire County Councilas learning and skills leader Ben Adams said: aThe Liberty Park development is playing an important part in our ongoing economic growth and the county council is supporting by building the essential infrastructure, including the rail bridge.
aAs at i54 South Staffordshire, the development is providing us with an opportunity to inform students from nearby schools how rewarding a career in engineering can be. aSite development involves an eye for design, creativity, detail and mathematics. By talking to engineers and experiencing a day on the development site, students can experience first-hand how their work can make a real difference. We want them to know there is a broad range of options open to them in the future a from apprenticeships to training and further education in this sector.a

Liberty Park has consent to deliver approximately 441,000 sq ft of industrial and warehouse accommodation. Work on the infrastructure is on target to be completed by October with unit packages available for potential occupiers straight away.

Andrew Blevins, managing director of developer Liberty Property Trust said: aEncouraging a new generation of civil engineers is important for the future success of the commercial property and construction industry. We were delighted to have the opportunity to welcome local students to our exciting development at Liberty Park, Lichfield, and Iam sure they will have learned a lot from the experience.a

Tony Nash, director of Birmingham-based Stoford, said: aIt was good to see the students getting hands-on experience on a genuine construction site. Civil engineering offers excellent career opportunities for young people and Iam sure we were able to persuade our visitors that itas one they should seriously consider.a

Liberty Park has been backed by AL4million funding through the Governmentas Growth Deal and was the first such project to get underway in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. The new bridge should be completed by late autumn this year. The development also involves improvements to Burton Old Road which will provide access to the site, enabling the development of approximately 450,000 sq ft of employment space.

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Major milestone for new Lichfield industrial development as access bridge installation nears completion

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Construction of a new industrial and warehouse development that will create up to 1,100 jobs has taken a huge step forward as the installation of the siteas access bridge nears completion.

Liberty park bridge beam 2Overnight on Saturday, work began to lift the beams into place across the West Coast Mainline which will provide the deck for the access bridge into Liberty Park, which lies just off the A38. Next Saturday July 4, engineers hope to complete the job, which will see ten 33-tonne concrete beams flanked by two 40-tonne beams being lifted into place. It means vehicles will soon be able to travel across the bridge.

Staffordshire County Council is supporting the infrastructure for the site, with the development being delivered by Liberty Property Trust and its partner Stoford Developments.

The bridge deck beam installation is the next significant milestone after the former bridge over the railway was demolished overnight on Christmas Day 2014. In the meantime, engineers have been working hard to build the foundations to the bridge on either side of the railway.

Liberty Park has been backed by AL4million funding through the Governmentas Growth Deal and was the first such project to get underway in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. The new bridge should be completed by late autumn this year. The development also involves improvements to Burton Old Road which will provide access to the site, enabling the development of approximately 450,000 sq. ft. of employment space.

Staffordshire County Councilas economy leader Mark Winnington said: aThe bridge installation at Liberty Park marks a major step forward in the development which is progressing on schedule. It means our infrastructure works should be complete by the end of the year. Together with our partners we are demonstrating how weare delivering major projects which boost economic growth and job creation locally. The Liberty Park development is significant for Lichfield and for Staffordshire.a

Andrew Blevins, managing director, Liberty Property Trust said:A aLiberty Park, Lichfield is an important example of Staffordshire County Council working with the property industry to enable commercial development and jobs to come to Lichfield.

“The new access infrastructure which is opening up the development site, has been jointly funded by Government and Liberty Park developers, Liberty Property Trust, and will be completed by October. Since Liberty Park was launched in March this year, it has already attracted interest from potential occupiers well placed to create jobs and economic growth for the region.a

Staffordshire County Councilas project team has worked hard to ensure it has been business as usual for Lichfield commuters. The car park off Burton Old Road is closed and an alternative car park open at nearby Crossfield Road.

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£38 Million investment in Lichfield

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A £38 million development site with consent to deliver industrial and warehouse units in the West Midlands has been officially unveiled by one of the United States’ leading commercial property companies, Liberty Property Trust (www.libertyproperty.com).

Liberty Park, Lichfield will accommodate a development of 435,000 sq ft of industrial and warehouse accommodation, which will create more than 1,000 jobs. Work on the infrastructure is on target to be completed by November and immediate turnkey packages are available for potential occupiers.

It is the next significant development by Liberty Property Trust, which in the US owns and manages a portfolio of more than 750 properties, totaling more than 106 million sq ft, accommodating 1,900 occupiers. The company may be better known in the UK for its mixed-use developments that offer places to live, work and play.

Over 30 key industrial agents from across the Midlands attended the official launch of the development by Andrew Blevins, managing director of Liberty’s UK operation, at Bar Opus in Birmingham.

He said: “Liberty Park, Lichfield represents an exciting opportunity for our company to provide quality industrial and warehouse accommodation in a superior A38 location, which is already proving attractive to occupiers.”

To support the scheme, improvements to the road network on to the site, including replacing the road bridge over the West Coast Main Line, are being rolled out.

Tony Nash, director of Birmingham-based Stoford Developments, Liberty Property Trust’s development partners, said: “We are making very good progress with the access road and I am looking forward to welcoming the first occupiers in due course.

“The site can accommodate units measuring between 30,000 sq ft and 350,000 sq ft in a prominent location fronting the A38, providing easy access to major motorway networks. Whilst we are contemplating speculative development, occupiers requiring bespoke solutions are also welcome.”

Liberty Park, Lichfield is being marketed by letting consultants CBRE and NRS, who are already talking terms with potential occupiers.

Work underway on £32m Lichfield Park scheme

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Work is underway on the AL32m Lichfield Park scheme which could create up to 1,000 jobs in the region.

The development, which was announced last summer, is the first scheme to get underway using funding through Staffordshire’s AL82.2m government growth deal.

To date, a bridge over the West Coast mainline has been demolished as part of plans to improve links to the planned industrial park next to the A38. In the coming months, the next phase of highway improvements will commence, including the construction of a new 26-metre bridge.

Lichfield Park Access Bridge Before and After

Lichfield Park Access Bridge Before and After

“Our priority is delivering not just more jobs but better jobs for Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire and it is fantastic to see our first growth deal project taking shape so quickly,” said David Frost, chairman of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SSLEP).

Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Councila�s cabinet member for economy, environment and transport, added: “As a county council we have an excellent track record of working with both public and private sector partners to deliver new jobs and opportunities for Staffordshire residents and the fact this scheme has got off the ground so quickly is a great example of how well this partnership can work.

“Lichfield Park is the first deal to get off the ground and we expect the scheme to create over 1,000 jobs which will be a significant boost for the area and the county.”

It was also revealed that letting agents CBRE and NRS are already holding discussions with potential occupiers.

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