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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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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