Greenwood Business Centre
Eleven newly built industrial units in Skelmersdale, West Lancashire, have opened with the aim of attracting new businesses to the area and creating new jobs. The £1.7m Greenwood Business Centre provides units designed specifically for modern market demands.
Devised by West Lancashire Borough Council, the authority is confident that updating commercial property in the area will attract new businesses and boost the economy. Rachel Kneale, Estates and Valuation Manager for the Council, spoke to Premier Construction about the development:
“Skelmersdale is an excellent location for businesses to operate. We’re very central and have great access to Liverpool, Manchester and the whole of the North West. It has always been the council’s intention to upgrade its commercial stock and the units being replaced did not meet the requirements of modern businesses.
“Our intelligence on the market showed us that tenants were looking for modern premises, with a much greater demand for smaller units than in the past. There was a gap in the market for high quality accommodation between 1000 and 2500 sq ft in Skelmersdale so that’s what we have developed.
“We wanted to ensure that the units were BREEAM good, which we’ve managed to achieve. We also wanted the new units to be more aesthetically pleasing than those they were replacing. The new units have an eaves height of 6.35 metres giving tenants the flexibility of being able to introduce mezzanine floors if their business expands and they need more space.”
The units are steel frame and block construction having part brick, part profile steel clad elevations with insulated steel profiled roofs. Each unit is fully insulated and contains office space, a kitchen area and toilet facilities.
As Aidan Manley, Development Surveyor for West Lancashire Borough Council, explained, the project ran very smoothly and interest in the units has been very strong:
“We appointed a first class design team (NPS Group), an industry-leading principle contractor in Keepmoat and all the teams involved in the project have worked seamlessly. The process has been very open and any issues have been resolved quickly. We’re delighted with the end product and we have already signed leases with tenants for three units with a further three reserved. From construction onwards it’s been a smooth process.”
Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council and Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration, added:
“The Council is investing in the Borough and the Greenwood Business Centre provides great value for money. The scheme will create jobs, boost the local economy and the rental will help the Council balance its budget.”