Northgate Leisure Development News

Exciting plans for the next steps at Northgate, Bridgwater have been submitted to Sedgemoor District Council’s planning department.  A detailed planning application for the development of a new cinema and leisure scheme on council-owned land at Northgate in Bridgwater town centre can be found at https://www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/planningonline – application number 08/19/00166.    Sedgemoor District Council consider that the Northgate scheme will be an important addition to the town centre, creating vitality, vibrancy and a key leisure activities for the growing town.

The scheme will comprise a 7-screen state of the art cinema operated by WTW-Scott Cinemas Ltd that will replace the existing Scott cinema nearby.   Alongside the cinema, four restaurants and bars will also be built and negotiations with potential operators are currently well advanced and tenants should  be announced by the end of the year. Above the restaurants, a multi-use unit will be available, that has potential for a number of different uses.

Sedgemoor District  Council will be funding the project as a regeneration scheme, as well as a long-term investment.    Experienced architects, a design and property team comprising of Corstorphine and Wright, Aecom, Enborne Consultants and Montagu Evans have been appointed to assist Council staff in this new venture.

The project is now well positioned and advanced in preparing for construction with detailed input into the design phases. A further report to Full  Council will be prepared before the end of 2019 for authority to commit full development funding. It is anticipated that work on site could begin as early as June 2020  and opening in autumn 2021.

Other elements of the Northgate scheme have so far completed with  the construction of Northgate Primary School and Blake Car Park. Supermarket Aldi are committed to building a new supermarket fronting Northgate (road) with construction due to start in 2020.

The final piece of the jigsaw will be enhancements and extension of Brewery Field and a consultation will take place during October 2019 to gather the thoughts of local people following which a separate planning application will be submitted.   Further press releases will be issued once details are confirmed.

 

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Gravity is delighted to announce that we have appointed the civil engineering and construction company Griffiths, to construct the Link Road, with the works commencing this summer. This marks a key milestone in the Gravity development, not only enabling the start of developing the Enterprise Zone but also creating jobs locally.

The Link Road will connect the site to the M5 at Junction 23. We anticipate a 12-month construction period followed by landscaping which will include the creation of a noise bund constructed using material from the remediated main site.

Griffiths has an impressive track record for delivering similar projects. Importantly, they have worked around Somerset on a number of high-profile schemes and directly employ a local workforce. You can read more about them here.

 

 

Unlocking Gravity’s future: Ground breaking Ceremony for the construction of a new link road to enable the delivery of the 635-acre Enterprise Zone

+ £3.94 million government funding awarded to link road scheme at Gravity, a new 635-acre Enterprise Zone in Somerset

+ First real estate private company to receive Growth Deal funding for transport infrastructure
+ Road construction will be complete in Autumn 2020
+ Gravity will be the UK’s leading innovation campus underpinned by Clean Growth, embracing an exceptional natural environment, creating a sought-after workplace proposition

SOMERSET, 12 June, Gravity hosts the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new link road which will unlock the development of the 635-acre Enterprise Zone at the former Royal Ordnance Factory (“ROF”) Bridgwater in Somerset.  Representatives from Gravity, Sedgemoor District Council, Heart of the South West LEP and appointed contractors, Alun Griffiths, turned the first soil to mark the start of the works.

The link road will connect the site directly to the M5 at junction 23. With a total build cost of £10.3 million, it is funded by a £3.94 million grant from the Heart of the South West LEP Growth Deal Fund as well as a £6.39 million contribution from Gravity. Gravity is the first real estate private company to receive Growth Deal funding for transport infrastructure which is expected to generate 4000 jobs on the 635-acre site. Construction of the road will start in July 2019 with completion in Autumn 2020, enabling occupational construction to commence.

Gravity’s vision to deliver the UK’s leading innovation campus underpinned by Clean Growth supports local, regional and national industrial strategies. Gravity will be a natural home to pan-sector businesses who are committed to developing and investing in Clean Growth and collaborating to drive forward innovation. Through the provision of flexible and shared physical facilities, on-site low carbon energy generation, a sought-after working environment, fiscal benefits from its Enterprise Zone status and an ideal environment for public-private and private-private partnerships, Gravity’s ecosystem will continue to evolve over time and shape global futures.

At full capacity, the mixed-use innovation campus anticipates it will be home to 150 high-value businesses across low carbon energy generation, manufacturing, electric vehicles, robotics, AI, data centres, assembly and R&D. It will also provide leisure facilities and amenities accessible to employees and the local community.  Facilitated by the M5 growth corridor, Gravity has a large catchment area from Exeter to the Bristol and Bath city regions and is able to leverage a highly qualified regional talent pool in Clean Growth and innovation.

 

Martin Bellamy, CEO of Gravity, comments  “We’re delighted to commence construction of the access road as it marks a significant milestone on our journey to deliver the site. As a new business to the area, we are thrilled to have such positive support from the LEP and the Growth Deal fund contribution, as well as the dedicated support and enthusiasm from Sedgemoor District Council. Gravity’s ambition is a wider opportunity for the Bristol – Exeter growth corridor and we look forward to working together to position the South West as a dynamic heart of Clean Growth in the UK.”

Councillor Duncan McGinty, Leader of Sedgemoor District Council, comments,
“Today is a critical milestone enabling the realisation of Gravity and its ambition to offer a unique economic asset at the heart of the South West. We’re delighted that the site will once again be an employment hub, providing jobs in the region and helping to transform our economy into a higher value knowledge economy. Sedgemoor’s strong economic track record shows that we can confidently host local and regional business growth. Paired with Gravity’s vision to attract inward investment, this is a major opportunity to take our economic growth to the international level.”

Steve Hindley CBE DL, Chair of the Heart of the South West LEP, comments,
“The LEP is delighted to support this project with investment from its Growth Deal with Government that partly funds 60 projects across Somerset, Devon, Plymouth and Torbay to generate jobs and growth in the economy. Gravity is part of the Heart of the South West’s multi-site Enterprise Zones offering economic opportunities in the area’s key sectors – this site targeting Clean Growth. These Enterprise Zones – with other sites at Exeter and East Devon and Oceansgate in Plymouth – enable the local areas to retain a greater share of business rates to re-invest and attract new jobs and growth. We’re looking forward to working with Gravity to generate investment in the region and develop the growing cluster of innovative companies and Clean Growth talent. This will raise the productivity and profile of our area and the wider Great South West region on an international platform.”

Minister for Local Growth, Jake Berry, said “We’re committed to boosting economic growth across the whole of the UK and building a Britain fit for the future. Improving transport links and infrastructure is key to unlocking local growth. This is why I am delighted that our £3.94 million Local Growth Fund investment towards the new link road will not only help to improve access to leisure facilities for the enjoyment of local residents, but generate thousands of jobs and provide an attractive place for new businesses to Bridgwater and the surrounding local area making it a centre for Clean Growth.”

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Devon Contractors appointed on speculative development at Bridgwater Gateway

Five new industrial units at £150 million business park will be complete by Christmas

 

Work is about to commence on more than 25,000 sq ft of speculative industrial development in Somerset with the appointment of contractors at the £150 million Bridgwater Gateway business park.

Devon Contractors, based at Clyst St. Mary near Exeter, have been appointed to build five 5,000 sq ft units at the site beside junction 24 of the M5 with a view to completion by Christmas 2019.

The state-of-the-art modern units will include first floor offices and landscaped, dedicated car parking at the front. There will be loading doors and parking areas for delivery vehicles at the rear, to be accessed separately.

Bridgwater Gateway is the newest business park development on the M5 corridor. The first phase of the mixed-use scheme will feature a range of new office and commercial buildings, together with a four-star hotel with conference facilities and a Premier Inn, which is already under construction.

“The decision by our investors to press ahead with what is the only speculative development in the area was a real vote of confidence in the strength of both the local industrial market and in the regional economy,” says Phil Wade, Development Manager at Bridgwater Gateway.

“Now we are delighted to have appointed Devon Contractors, a local company with an outstanding track record in the sector, to break ground over the summer and deliver these units ready for occupancy by Christmas.”

Tim Davies, head of the South West and Wales at global real estate advisor Colliers International, which is property agent for the scheme, said: “It is great to have Devon Contractors on board and to help deliver more local employment opportunities in what is already a dynamic industrial market in and around Bridgwater.”

 

 

 

 

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Projects where the LEP has secured Growth Deal funding, the LEP is working with a wide range of partners to deliver investment. For other sources of funding, such as EU monies, the LEP plays a key role in ensuring that funding allocated by government departments is meeting local needs.

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Solar panels installed at Bridgwater Gateway Premier Inn

£150 million business park burnishes its green credentials

Bristol, May 17, 2019 – Solar panels have been installed on the roof of the new Premier Inn at Bridgwater Gateway as the 100-bed hotel nears completion.

Over 50 electricity-generating panels have been mounted on the roof of the hotel, which is due to be handed over to Premier Inn owners Whitbread later this month. Around 30 jobs will be created at the hotel, which is located on one of the prime road frontage plots on the £150 million, 100-acre mixed-use site near Junction 24 of the M5.

Bridgwater Gateway is the newest business park development on the M5 corridor. The first phase will feature a range of new office and commercial buildings, together with a new 150-bed, four-star hotel with conference facilities, in addition to the Premier Inn.

“We have a beautiful landscaped site which enjoys views towards the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and which provides all the practical needs and facilities of a business park, but in a setting that allows harmony and an increased diversity in the environment,” says Phil Wade, Development Manager for Bridgwater Gateway.

Occupiers at Bridgwater Gateway will also enjoy access to vehicle charging points, regular bus services, cycle storage and a nearby cycle route. All offices will have showers installed and there will be an on-site childcare nursery. Meanwhile there will be ample opportunity to stay active, with a trim trail, picnic area and table tennis and boules areas being planned.

Tim Davies, head of the South West office of global real estate advisor Colliers International, which is commercial property agent for the scheme, said: “This Premier Inn hotel will help to meet the huge demand for rooms in and around Bridgwater which is being created by the construction of Hinkley Point C power station, and the proximity of Bristol Airport.

“We look forward to continue working with Phil and his team as this transformative scheme takes shape.”

Premier Inn, part of the Whitbread chain, is the UK’s biggest hotel brand and is consistently rated the UK’s Best Value Hotel Chain by YouGov. It has over 750 hotels with 70,000 rooms across the UK and Ireland, offering king-sized beds, ensuite bathrooms, and TVs with Freeview and Wi-Fi.

 

 

 

Bridgwater Chamber of Commerce ‘Supply the Supplier’ chain.

Bridgwater Chamber of Commerce initiated the launch of its successful supply chain in April 2018. Its main aim being to support local Sedgemoor Businesses to achieve growth through the work generated by the ongoing development projects in the Sedgemoor area. The Supply the Supplier Project manages a database of information from a wide variety of local Sedgemoor Business sectors; suppliers of products, goods or services. All have confirmed their commitment and interest in working with any Tier 1 contractors for work within the area that would be suitable.

Essentially the Bridgwater Chamber of Commerce’s project team will work with you, when requested, to help bridge any gaps in your local supply chain or local procurement requirements. Thus, helping to support you in meeting your contractual needs relating to any local Labour Agreements and meeting completion deadlines. The Project team are delighted with the successes they have achieved so far, saving time and money for developers as well as keeping the carbon footprint low by sourcing local products and supplies.

Furthermore, we have a Method of Understanding agreement in operation with the Somerset Chamber of Commerce which manages the Hinkley Point C Supply Chain, that we may, where necessary, ask for their support to also interrogate their supply chain if we find ourselves unable to assist you from our own database.

Be aware that our Supply Chain database captures a wide range of information about their goods, services and products as well as relevant qualifications, staff numbers and details of previous work undertaken etc, so we are always able to give you relevant strong matches against your requirements. There are no cost implications for using the Chambers Supply chain and its staff are always on hand to assist with any queries:

CONTACT:
Royal Clarence House,
3 High Street,
Bridgwater, Somerset
TA6 3BH
Tel: 01278 228004
Mob: 07522229472
Email: projectmanager@bridgwaterchamber.org.uk
Web: www.bridgwaterchamber.org.uk

 

The HPC build is not the only large project on our doorstep and it is the aim of the Bridgwater Chamber to create a supply chain register for the £300 million worth of non HPC projects starting on our doorstep.

  • No business is considered too large or too small to register their interest in these projects.
  • More than 12 major build projects taking place in Sedgemoor over the next 3 years.
  • The Bridgwater Chamber of Commerce wants to try and ensure that local businesses can register their interest in this work to have a chance to both grow their business and be actively involved in the redevelopment of the area.

We  wish to raise awareness of the indirect businesses who will be able to take advantage of the economic advantages of these projects over the 10-year timescale of the redevelopment.  This lies at the heart of Bridgwater Chambers vision:

  • To build more prosperous businesses in our area and to promote our area.
  • We will provide support and information to any local business interested in joining our supply chain register.
  • You can be part of the non-nuclear developments.

There are no cost implications to joining our supply chain register and any local business from any sector may register their interest from construction, suppliers of products or services.  If you wish to discuss this or ask any questions please don’t hesitate to contact our Project Manager who will be happy to assist you.  Alternatively you may wish to register immediately on our secure website: (click this link)

 

Huntspill Energy Park forms part of a multi-site Heart of the South West (HotSW) Enterprise Zone. This brownfield site located near Puriton just off Junction 23 of the M5 was once home to the Royal Ordnance Factory.

Now the site benefits from a planning permission and a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for a development of a 270-acre business park focused on low carbon and energy generation. Once operational, Huntspill Energy Park will create in the region of 4,500 high value and skilled jobs and around 2 million square foot of commercial space.

The Zone was allocated in the Autumn Statement in 2015 and formally activated in April 2017. It consists of 5 sites across the HotSW LEP area: Huntspill Energy Park, SkyPark, Exeter Science Park, Exeter Airport and Cranbrook town centre.

Huntspill Energy Park has been designated by Sedgemoor District Council as a strategic location for growth in the district. The SPD for the site prepared in 2012 outlines likely sectors and end users to be located within the site. Subsequent planning permission obtained by the site owners in 2013 reinforces low carbon and energy generation aspiration for the site.

Huntspill Energy Park is one of 10 projects in the HotSW area awarded funding through Growth Deal 3. £4.2m worth of funding, announced in February 2017, will be used to assist with the building of a new road which will improve access to the site.

Benefits

The Enterprise Zone status will provide a range of incentives to attract and support businesses that are setting up or growing on site, including a five year business rate reduction funded by Government which could be worth up to £275,000 and simplified planning procedures.

It is anticipated that the Zone will generate additional £126m in business rates which will be reinvested locally to further support economic growth. This will help to improve the future success of the Zone and the wider area and will be achieved through the local authorities and key stakeholders working alongside partners such as the Heart of the South West LEP.

Partners
The Zone is backed by the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP), Somerset County Council and Sedgemoor District Council.

For more information about Gravity, Enterprise Zone status or the benefits of locating a business within the Zone contact: Enterprise Zone Development Officer on enterprise.zone@sedgemoor.gov.uk or 01278 435536.

 

 

 

Five new units totalling 25,000 sq ft to be complete by Christmas at £150 million business park off M5

Bristol, March 13, 2019 – Work on more than 25,000 sq ft of speculative industrial development is set to get underway at the £150 million Bridgwater Gateway business park in Somerset.

Developers of the 100-acre scheme have decided to press ahead with building five new 5,000 sq ft industrial units, ready for occupancy before the end of this year.

The state-of-the-art modern units will include first floor offices and landscaped, dedicated car parking to the front of the buildings. At the rear of the buildings and accessed separately will be loading doors and parking areas for delivery vehicles.

“We already have detailed planning permission for what will be the only speculative development in the area and the decision by our investors to press ahead with this development now is a real vote of confidence in the strength of both the local industrial market and in the regional economy,” says Phil Wade, Development Manager at Bridgwater Gateway.

“We will be looking to break ground in the summer and these units should be ready for occupancy for Christmas, delivering more local employment opportunities in what is already a dynamic industrial market in and around Bridgwater.”

Tim Davies, head of the South West and Wales at global real estate advisor Colliers International, which is property agent for the scheme, said: “Bridgwater Gateway is right at the cutting edge of the latest generation of industrial development, in a landscaped setting just 12 miles from the site of Hinkley Point C and in an area in which the local economy is expected to grow by 45 per cent by 2030.”

Bridgwater Gateway is the newest business park development on the M5 corridor. The first phase of the mixed-use scheme, which is beside junction 24, will feature a range of new office and commercial buildings, together with a four-star hotel with conference facilities and a Premier Inn, which is already under construction.

 

 

Bristol, January 18, 2019 – A “topping out” ceremony has been held to mark the completion of the new Premier Inn hotel at the £150 million Bridgwater Gateway business park in Somerset.

The 100-bed hotel is due to open later this year and will create more than 30 jobs. It is located on one of the prime road frontage plots on the 100-acre mixed-use site, which is just off Junction 24 of the M5.

Bridgwater Gateway is the newest business park development on the M5 corridor. The first phase will feature a range of new office and commercial buildings, together with a new 150-bed, four-star hotel with conference facilities, in addition to the Premier Inn.

Phil Wade, Development Manager for Bridgwater Gateway, said: “The topping out ceremony marks the completion of one of the key elements of the scheme.

“This Premier Inn hotel will help to meet the huge demand for rooms in and around Bridgwater which is being created by the construction of Hinkley Point C power station, and the proximity of Bristol Airport.”

 

 

 

Bristol, December 19, 2018 – Health, well being and community will be at the heart of the £150 million business park which is taking shape beside the M5 in Somerset, according to the scheme’s commercial property agent.

The 100-acre Bridgwater Gateway scheme is the newest business park development on the M5 corridor. The first phase of the mixed-use scheme will feature a range of new office and commercial buildings, together with a four-star hotel with conference facilities and a Premier Inn, which is already under construction.

Bridgwater Gateway is adjacent to junction 24 of the M5 and only 12 miles from the site of Hinkley Point C, in an area in which the local economy is expected to grow by 45 per cent by 2030.

Occupiers will enjoy access to vehicle charging points, regular bus services, cycle storage and a nearby cycle route. All offices will have showers installed and there will be an on-site childcare nursery. Meanwhile there will be ample opportunity to stay active, with a trim trail, picnic area and table tennis and boules areas being planned.

James Preece, Director in the National Offices team at Colliers International, said: “Increasingly, occupiers are putting health and wellbeing at the top of their priority list and these issues certainly have a central place in the Bridgwater Gateway master plan.

“Creating a sense of community is key and there will be an app which will allow occupiers to collaborate with each other not only socially, but also over initiatives like lift sharing.

“All the infrastructure is already in place and Bridgwater Gateway is ready to welcome pre-lets.”

Phil Wade, Development Manager for Bridgwater Gateway, said: “We have a beautiful landscaped site which enjoys views towards the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and which provides all the practical needs and facilities of a business park, but in a setting that allows harmony and an increased diversity in the environment.

“We believe community has as much relevance in the workplace as at home. We have invested considerably in understanding the ecology and archaeology of our site but also want to understand the nature of the businesses that join us and their teams, in order that we can work together to create a thriving community.”

Bristol, November 09, 2018  : Work progressing well on 100-bed Premier Inn at Bridgwater Gateway 

A 100-bed Premier Inn hotel is taking shape at the £150 million Bridgwater Gateway business park in Somerset.

The hotel, due to open next summer, will create 32 jobs and is located on one of the prime road frontage plots on the 100-acre mixed-use site, which is just off Junction 24 of the M5.

Phil Wade, Development Manager for Bridgwater Gateway, said: “It is good to see work progressing on schedule on what will be one of the key elements of the scheme.

“Premier Inn is the UK’s largest hotel brand, renowned for providing well-priced quality accommodation in prominent locations, and this hotel will play a key role in meeting the huge demand for rooms in the local area being created by the construction of Hinkley Point C power station, and the proximity of Bristol Airport.

“There are now 1km of new private estate roads on site, and it will not be long before prime new commercial properties will be springing up along the sides of these roads as part of the fast-track delivery being offered at Bridgwater Gateway.”

Bridgwater Gateway is the newest business park development on the M5 corridor. The first phase will feature a range of new office and commercial buildings, together with a new 150-bed, four-star hotel with conference facilities, in addition to the Premier Inn.

Tim Davies, head of the South West office of Colliers International, which is commercial property agent for the scheme, said: “Bridgwater Gateway is an ideal location for Premier Inn due to its well-placed geographical location and excellent motorway connections.

“It is just 12 miles from the site of Hinkley Point C and in an area in which the local economy is expected to grow by 45 per cent by 2030.”

Premier Inn, part of the Whitbread chain, is the UK’s biggest hotel brand and is consistently rated the UK’s Best Value Hotel Chain by YouGov.

It has over 750 hotels with 70,000 rooms across the UK and Ireland, offering king-sized beds, ensuite bathrooms, and TVs with Freeview and Wi-Fi.

 

 

 

Bristol, 15th October 2018: Council chiefs go on site tour of Bridgwater Gateway business park

Leading council figures were given a tour of the latest progress on work at the £150 million Bridgwater Gateway business park.

Senior members of Sedgemoor District Council’s planning and economic development teams went on a site visit to the 100-acre mixed-use development, which is being marketed by Colliers International.

The group toured the infrastructure now on site, including 1km of roads built by Encon Construction, plus full infrastructure and services, and had an update on the next phase of the project.

Phil Wade, Development Manager at Bridgwater Gateway, said: “Remarkable progress has taken place at Bridgwater Gateway over the past year, and it was a pleasure to be able to provide an update to these key individuals from our local authority.

“It will not be long before prime new commercial properties will be springing up alongside the new roads which have been built, and work is already underway on a new Premier Inn hotel.”

Tim Davies, Head of the South West office of Colliers International, said: “Bridgwater Gateway offers fantastic opportunities for occupiers seeking prime industrial and Grade A office space in the South West.

“The fast-track delivery available means businesses will be able to move at impressive speed into brand new, state-of-the-art premises in a landscaped setting with a strategic position for access to junction 24 of the M5.”

http://www.bridgwatergateway.com/

Bristol, September 27, 2018 –

Bird’s eye view of progress at Bridgwater Gateway business park

The images – taken on behalf of construction and civil engineering specialist Encon Construction – show the 1km of private roads now in place at the 100-acre mixed-use development following infrastructure work carried out by Cardiff-based Encon, in partnership with Ravenslade, which is based in Exeter.

 

Phil Wade, Development Manager at Bridgwater Gateway, which is being marketed by Colliers International, said: “Remarkable progress has taken place at Bridgwater Gateway over the past year, and these aerial images reveal the sheer scale of the work that has been undertaken by Encon Construction and Ravenslade.

 

“There are now 1km of new private estate roads, and it will not be long before prime new commercial properties will be springing up along the sides of these roads as part of the fast-track delivery being offered at Bridgwater Gateway. Already work is underway on a new Premier Inn hotel, which will be delivered in just 34 weeks.”

 

Philip Woodward, Managing Director of Encon Construction said: “These fantastic drone shots give a bird’s eye view of our Bridgwater Gateway infrastructure project, which we’ve developed in partnership with Bridgwater Gateway and Ravenslade.

 

“The Project Team carried out an excellent job on a complex project. This included an extensive archaeological strip prior to commencement of the main works working alongside Oxford Archaeology, during which Bronze age settlements and burial sites were found.

 

“Other works included deep drainage was installed with some of the pipe runs being 4.5 metres deep; major earthworks including the excavation of an attenuation pond; around 600m of flexible road construction with flexible road construction with

footpaths and cycle paths, all to adoptable standard with associated street lighting and signage; installation of gas, water, electricity services and a BT network of ducts.”

 

Tim Davies, Head of the South West office of Colliers International, said: “The drone footage shows the vast scale of the Bridgwater Gateway business park, and also the superb setting which combines views across the Quantock Hills Area of Natural Beauty with a strategic position for access to Junction 24 of the M5 motorway.

 

“Bridgwater Gateway offers fantastic opportunities for occupiers seeking prime industrial and Grade A office space in the South West, and the fast-track delivery available means businesses will be able to move at impressive speed into brand new, state-of-the-art premises in a landscaped setting.”

 

www.bridgwatergateway.com/

 

Bristol, September 06, 2018  – Work gets underway on new Premier Inn at Bridgwater Gateway

Construction work has begun on the new Premier Inn that will be completed in just 38 weeks at the £150 million Bridgwater Gateway business park in Somerset.

Carter Lauren Construction, lead contractor for the three-story 100-bedroom hotel, has commenced groundworks on a prime road frontage plot near the entrance to the 100-acre site, beside Junction 24 of the M5.

Phil Wade, Development Manager for Bridgwater Gateway, which is being marketed by Colliers International, said: “It is less than a year since groundworks began on the infrastructure at Bridgwater Gateway, and now machinery is in action on site again for the groundworks for a new Premier Inn.

“This work vividly illustrates the fast-track delivery of cutting-edge new commercial buildings that will happening at Bridgwater Gateway.”

Premier Inn, the UK’s largest hotel brand, will formally open the new hotel at Bridgwater in the summer 2019 and create 32 year-round jobs.

It will be one of two hotels at Bridgwater Gateway, which will also feature industrial design and build opportunities from 10,000 sq ft to 300,000 sq ft, and office space from 5,000 sq ft to 32,000 sq ft.

Neil Carter, managing director of Cardiff-based Carter Lauren Construction, said: “Fast-track delivery is a speciality of Carter Lauren construction, and we’re looking forward to ensuring fast-track delivery of a 100-bedroom Premier Inn hotel at Bridgwater Gateway, with a construction period of 38 weeks.”

“We have already completed a number of major construction projects around the UK within a tight timescale – including hotels for Premier Inn – and we are looking forward to delivering on time and on budget at Bridgwater Gateway.”

Tim Davies, head of the South West and Wales at Colliers International, commercial property agent for the scheme, said: “The speed of delivery offered at Bridgwater Gateway will be a huge attraction for businesses which are seeking the benefits of new-build premises, but want to be able to move in as quickly as possible.”

 

PHOTO: Left to right – Simon Taylor, contracts manager, Carter Lauren Construction; Tim Luke, senior quantity surveyor at Carter Lauren Construction; Geoff Revell, Asset Manager, Bridgwater Gateway; Phil Wade, Development Manager, Bridgwater Gateway.

 

 

Bristol, August 02, 2018 – Cardiff-based contractor announced for Premier Inn at £150 million Bridgwater Gateway


Carter Lauren Construction has been appointed lead contractor for construction of a 100-bedroom Premier Inn hotel at the £150 million Bridgwater Gateway business park in Somerset.

Work will get underway later this month on the three-storey building, located on one of the prime road frontage plots near the entrance to the 100-acre site.

The hotel, in which Premier Inn is investing £8.6 million, will open in summer 2019 and will create 32 year-round jobs.

Phil Wade, Development Manager for Bridgwater Gateway, which is being marketed by Colliers International, said: “The expertise of Carter Lauren Construction will ensure that a 100-bedroom hotel for Premier Inn, the UK’s biggest hotel brand, will be built at Bridgwater Gateway in under a year.

“Their work will also showcase the fast-track delivery of new buildings within 12 months that will be a feature of all development at Bridgwater Gateway.

“Full infrastructure and detailed planning permission are in place, and we can offer industrial design and build opportunities from 10,000 sq ft to 300,000 sq ft, plus office space from 5,000 sq ft to 32,000 sq ft.”

Neil Carter, managing director, of Carter Lauren Construction, said: “As a major privately-owned construction company, based in Cardiff, Carter Lauren Construction has experience of competing a number of significant construction projects around the UK.

“We are looking forward to ensuring fast-track delivery of a 100-bedroom Premier Inn hotel at Bridgwater Gateway, with a construction period of 38 weeks.”

Paul Smith, Acquisition Manager for the South West at Whitbread, said: “We are delighted to be working with Carter Lauren Construction on the new Premier Inn at Bridgwater Gateway.

“Bridgwater is a fantastic location and, as well as offering visitors greater choice in the area, the hotel will provide £8.6 million of investment and create 32 new year-round jobs, which will be focused on Somerset and the surrounding area.

“Having worked with Carter Lauren before on numerous projects we are pleased that Bridgwater Gateway have appointed them to deliver the hotel. We look forward to opening our doors to the public by summer next year.”

Tim Davies, head of the South West and Wales at Colliers International, commercial property agent for the scheme, said: “The progress that has taken place since Colliers International was appointed sole agent for Bridgwater Gateway just over a year ago has been remarkable, and the next 12 months look set to be even more exciting.

“It is already widely acknowledged that Bridgwater Gateway benefits from an excellent location at Junction 24 of the M5 motorway, and just 12 miles from the Hinkley Point C power station site, in an area where the local economy is predicted to grow by 45% by 2030.

“Once construction is underway, it will also become apparent that Bridgwater Gateway is a new type of business park development with state-of-the art buildings which provide an ideal environment for modern businesses.”

 

 

19th July 2018 – Visionary scheme to plant 25,000 trees and shrubs at Bridgwater Gateway

Landscaping to transform the site of £150 million business park at Junction 24 of M5

 

 

A visionary scheme to plant 25,000 trees and shrubs at the £150 million Bridgwater Gateway business park in Somerset is set to get underway.

 

A landscaping contractor is being sought to undertake a comprehensive planting scheme using local and UK grown from seed species that will transform the 1,000-acre site near Junction 24 of the M5 into a green idyll that will blend seamlessly with the surrounding Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

 

The ambitious project, which will be put out to tender, is part of plans to create a unique working environment for employees based at Bridgwater Gateway, which will feature high-specification office and industrial space plus hotel and local facilities.

 

Phil Wade, Development Manager for Bridgwater Gateway, which is being marketed by Colliers International, said: “The master plan for Bridgwater Gateway has been developed to make the most of its remarkable setting and views across the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and generous allowance has been made for peaceful locations where employees can enjoy their lunchbreaks and leisure time.

 

“As part of that we want to engage a local landscaping contractor to undertake an extensive programme of planting over 25,000 trees and shrubs over two growing seasons, although given the scale of work involved it might be that it has to be split into smaller packages across a number of companies.

 

“The proposed planting sizes will vary across the site from whip native planting to semi-mature avenue tree planting, and will require maintenance for at least 12 months to ensure a successful planting scheme.”

 

Steve Leahy, chairman of Bridgwater Chamber of Commerce, said: “Bridgwater Chamber of Commerce whole heartedly supports this creative horticultural venture, which will ensure that the Gateway Development will perfectly compliment the natural beauty of the region.

 

“As well as providing an attractive and peaceful working environment to future staff on the site, it may also provide some opportunity for those locally within the horticultural and landscaping sector. Congratulation to all involved as your continued commitment to environmental matters is appreciated by all.”

 

Bristol, July 17, 2018 – CCTV has been installed at the £150 million Bridgwater Gateway business park in Somerset as preparations begin for the start of building work.

Full infrastructure is now in place at the 100-acre site at Junction 24 of the M5 motorway, which has detailed planning permission for industrial design and build from 10,00 sq ft to 300,000 sq ft, plus office space from 5,000 sq ft to 32,000 sq ft.

 

Phil Wade, Development Manager for Bridgwater Gateway, said: “The installation of a state-of-the-art CCTV system heralds the start of construction work at Bridgwater Gateway, which will feature fast-track delivery of new buildings, typically within than 12 months.

 

“We are committed to creating a secure and safe environment of our occupiers, as part of that we are ensuring that the entire 100-acre site benefits from high-quality CCTV coverage.”

Bridgwater Gateway, which is being marketed by sole agent Colliers International, is the newest business park on the M5 corridor. It will combine high-specification new office and industrial space with hotel and local facilities in a landscaped environment.

 

 

Bristol, 15 June, 2018

Major milestone reached as £150 million Bridgwater Gateway launches

New business park in Somerset has all infrastructure and estate roads in place

The landmark £150 million Bridgwater Gateway business park in Somerset has been officially launched.

The major new office and industrial scheme set in 100 acres near J24 of the M5 motorway in Somerset, was officially by Ian Liddell-Grainger, MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset, at a breakfast event attended by over 120 people.

Phil Wade, development manager at Bridgwater Gateway, told a packed conference room: “We are ready – that is our key message today

“This official launch marks a significant milestone in the construction of Bridgwater Gateway, which now has all infrastructure and estate roads in place.

“We’re now looking forward to seeing many more milestones being reached, including construction of the first building getting underway, and the first occupiers moving in to this landmark new high-quality business location for Bridgwater and the South West of England.”

Bridgwater Gateway, which has the slogan ‘All About Location’ is the newest business park on the M5 corridor. It has planning consent for high-specification commercial space including prime industrial buildings and Grade A self-contained offices, two hotels, and a range of local facilities.

The UK’s biggest hotel brand, Premier Inn, has already announced it will be opening a 100-bed hotel on one of the prime road frontage plots.

Tim Davies, head of the South West for real estate services company Colliers International, sole agent for the scheme, said considerable interest was being attracted by Bridgwater Gateway, which is located about 12 miles from the Hinkley Point C power station site.

“Every last detail of this scheme has been planned meticulously, and not surprisingly given this and the unrivalled location we are already being contacted by numerous interested parties from across the commercial spectrum,” he said.

Ian Liddell-Grainger said that Bridgwater Gateway was a welcome new addition to Bridgwater, which he described as “an industrial town where there shouldn’t be one”, with an economy which was outperforming the rest of the South West.

“We are a town with attitude. That is what we do. Here are here to get people to come and invest in us, and that is what we try to facilitate,” he said.

“We did it with Hinkley, we have done it around the town. We know how to deliver, and you can see that with Bridgwater Gateway.”

Dr Walter Boettcher, director of research and forecasting at Colliers International, said the growing economic success of Bridgwater, and of Somerset, showed the importance for the ‘real economy’ to the UK, as opposed to the ‘balance sheet economy’.

“There is a lot of economic impetus in Somerset, and Bridgwater Gateway is very much part of this together with, of course, Hinkley Point C.”

The launch of Bridgwater Gateway also featured a display called ‘Bronze Age Bridgwater’, featuring prehistoric archaeology discovered at the site during a four month archaeological excavation undertaken before construction work commenced.

 

 

April 25, 2018

Bolt Tightening Event

Steve Leahy, CEO attended the Bolt Tightening Event at Somerset Energy & Innovation Centre for Enterprise Hub 2 which included children from Westover School, Bridgwater.

Steve was excited as this is the second of three phases. The third hub is in the pipeline with plans and timeline to be determined. This is all positive news for the growth of Bridgwater.

 

 

February 27, 2018

Work to begin on Premier Inn at Bridgwater Gateway following unanimous decision to grant planning permission

100 bedroom hotel will be located on the Compass House site at £150 million business park 

Work is to begin on a new 100 bedroom Premier Inn at Bridgwater Gateway business park in Somerset after councillors unanimously granted planning permission.

The decision by members of Sedgemoor District Council’s development committee has heralded the start of construction work on the hotel, which will be located on a prime road frontage plot at the Compass House site on the £150 million business park.

Phil Wade, Development Manager for Bridgwater Gateway, said: “A new Premier Inn hotel will soon be rising from the ground at Bridgwater Gateway following the unanimous decision by councillors to grant planning permission.

“Extensive infrastructure work is now in place, and we are looking forward to delivering the Premier Inn hotel later this year, together with high-specification office and industrial buildings.”

Premier Inn, part of the Whitbread chain, is the UK’s biggest hotel brand and is consistently rated the UK’s Best Value Hotel Chain by YouGov.

Paul Smith, Acquisition Manager for Premier Inn, said: “We are delighted our new Premier Inn at Bridgwater Gateway has been granted planning permission by Sedgemoor District Council.

“Bridgwater is a fantastic location and, as well as offering visitors greater choice in the area, the hotel will create 32 new jobs and £8.6m of investment.  We look forward to working with Bridgwater Gateway to deliver the hotel and opening our doors to the public later this year.”

Tim Davies, head of the South West and Wales for Colliers International, which is commercial property agent for the scheme, said: “The Bridgwater Gateway business park offers an outstanding location off J24 of the M5.

“This will be further enhanced by the presence of a Premier Inn which will appeal to a wide range of occupants seeking the benefits of a major hotel brand in a strategic location.”

The hotel at Bridgwater Gateway will be in addition to a new 150 bed 4* hotel with conference facilities on the 100-acre site, the first phase of which will feature a range of new office and commercial buildings.

 

 February 13, 2018

Road construction underway at £150 million Bridgwater Gateway

Work is underway to build 1km of roads at the £150 million Bridgwater Gateway business park in Somerset.

Photos taken at the 100 acre development at J24 of the M5 show kerbs and ironworks now in place, ready for construction of high-specification office and industrial buildings in a landscaped setting.

Phil Wade, development manager at Bridgwater Gateway, which is being marketed by commercial property specialist Colliers International, said: “The roads that can now be seen emerging at Bridgwater Gateway are the most tangible sign so far of the extensive infrastructure work that has been taking place.

“Work is running to schedule and we are looking forward to delivering high-specification office and industrial buildings and welcoming our first occupiers later this year.”

Tim Davies, head of the South West and Wales for Colliers International, said: “Impressively rapid progress has been taking place at Bridgwater Gateway.

“As work progresses we are seeing increasing interest from a diverse variety of end-users seeking prime industrial and Grade A office premises in a strategic location.”

For further information go to www.bridgwatergateway.com

© Bridgwater Chamber 2019