Major Projects Updates

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.”

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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.”

 

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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.”

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