Travis Perkins Group Omega Development gets planning green light

Warrington Borough Council has granted planning permission to Omega Warrington Limited (OWL) to construct a 700,000 sq ft regional logistics centre for the Travis Perkins Group on Omega North.

The Travis Perkins Group is the UK’s largest supplier to the building and construction market. The new £35million logistics centre will serve to supply Travis Perkins Group wholesale and retail outlets across the region, supporting around 450 jobs on site.

The outline terms of the deal were announced and agreed between OWL and the Travis Perkins Group at the end of April subject to planning approval being granted. Construction is expected to be completed in 2014 with operation planned for 2015.

The Travis Perkins Group will join Brakes and Hermes, both of which have logistics hubs under construction on Omega North, creating a combined floor space of over one million sq ft. with a total investment figure of over £100m and the provision of 1,400 full time jobs.

Councillor Terry O’Neill, Leader of Warrington Borough Council said:

“From what was an empty site in autumn last year, it is amazing to think that by the end of this year, Omega North will only have space left for around 100,000sq ft of development. This endorses and reaffirms the confidence that business has in Warrington as an investment location and that Warrington is the place to be”.

Andrew Sutherland, joint Managing Director of Miller Developments, a partner of Omega Warrington Ltd (OWL) said:

“We are delighted to have been given the green light by Warrington Borough Council for the construction of Travis Perkins Group’s regional logistics centre at Omega North. This marks another important step in a very short period for the on-going development of the site and we are pleased the flow of activity is continuing to progress at pace, reinforcing Omega North’s position as a major logistics hub.”

Landowners of Omega, the Homes and Communities Agency said of the positive planning new progress on site:

“It’s good to see yet more progress on the Omega North site. The permission to move forward with the logistics centre is great news and highlights how we are working together as partners to generate investment and create jobs.”

The approved development sits within the 1.6m sqft of logistics space which was granted outline planning consent on Omega North in 2007. Omega Warrington Ltd will be building the occupier a freehold ‘turn-key’ unit of 630,000sqft of on the ground floor with 70,000sq ft at mezzanine level.

Geoff Cooper, Chief Executive of the Travis Perkins Group, said:

“This is an exciting time for the entire Group. We are growing our already extensive product portfolio, and our new RDC in Warrington will enhance our offering by improving the supply of products to our branch network. We always work hard to put our customers first, and this is another important development.”

Only two plots now remain available on Omega North; 2.9 acres close to junction 8 on the motorway frontage, and 3.25 acres next to Brakes. Both sites are capable of meeting requirements for up to c.50,000 sq ft of logistics accommodation and there is already strong interest in both sites.

In April 2013, Warrington Borough Council also approved Omega Warrington Ltd and Bericote Properties’ planning application on Omega South (south of the M62), for a new c.600,000 sq ft logistics centre; the premises are being provided for an as yet unnamed occupier.

OWL is a joint venture between Miller Developments and KUC Properties Ltd, in partnership with landowner the Homes and Communities Agency and supported by Warrington Borough Council and the Cheshire and Warrington LEP.

JLL, GVA and Addleshaw Goddard acted for Omega Warrington Ltd and Chetwoods are the architects. The Travis Perkins Group was advised by CP Property Consultants, Bourne Partnership and BSDR.