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Second Phase of Development

Representatives of Prologis Developments, property agents and Birmingham City Council assembled at Prologis Park Midpoint recently, for a progress report on the prime new distribution and industrial warehouse scheme currently underway in Minworth.

Following the completion of major infrastructure and remediation works, the second phase of development includes the construction of two speculative buildings, of 235,500 square feet (DC3) and 312,500 square feet (DC4). Work on the two units began in the New Year and is expected to be completed in late Summer.

Mr Keith Bracey, a senior investment officer with Locate in Birmingham – part of the City Council – was among the attendees at the photocall, and was able to view the progress at first hand, with the steelworks already up on both buildings. Further units of 120,000 sq ft (DC1), 135,000 sq ft (DC6), 167,000 sq ft (DC2) and 435,000 sq ft (DC5) are also in the pipeline.

Prologis has planning consent to build approximately 1.3 million sq ft of prime industrial accommodation on the 65-acre site. Infrastructure works included the creation of a new relief road, bypassing the village of Minworth, and a new roundabout, which forms the new entrance into the development.

Once completed, Prologis Park Midpoint is set to become one of Prologis’s flagship schemes in the UK, creating hundreds of new jobs and an environmental corridor for wildlife. The site, which was formerly part of Severn Trent’s water treatment works, and lies just south of the established and successful Midpoint Park, is “the best industrial and distribution site in Birmingham, and probably in the whole of the West Midlands”, according to property agent Neil Starkie, of Savills.

“Midpoint is a large plot of land in an urban area, occupying the most fantastic location, with no fewer than eleven motorway junctions within a 5-mile radius,” he adds.

“Demand is already coming in from a cross section of businesses within the distribution sector, with companies looking for premises from around 100,000 sq ft upwards of 400,000 sq ft, due to its flexibility. Access to the motorway network is a key driver, as well as access to labour and markets –and Prologis Park Midpoint ticks all those boxes.”

The development is just minutes away from the M6, M6 Toll and M42, and will offer units ranging in size from 100,000 sq ft to 750,000 sq ft. The new, £3m, relief road, which opened just before Christmas, diverts traffic away from Minworth Village, and links up with the A4097 Kingsbury Road, to give easy access onto the adjoining M42.

Prologis is also constructing an environmental buffer zone, running along the side of the River Tame, which forms the south eastern boundary, as well as structural landscaping to the rear of adjoining homes on Park Lane, to the north. The new environmental buffer will not only support a habitat for voles, bats, birds and other wildlife, but will also serve a dual purpose as a flood storage compensatory scheme.

For more details,
contact Neil Starkie on 0121 634 8402.