Developer, Gazeley, has been selected as the preferred developer of a €65 million scheme to build one of the world’s greenest business and logistics parks in North Staffordshire, UK.
This is believed to be the first time that a UK land owner has selected a developer due to the commitment to sustainability within the offer. Gazeley was confirmed as the preferred developer of the site by Advantage West Midlands and Newcastle-under-Lyme Council after a rigorous selection process.
The project at Chatterley Valley will be developed by Gazeley on 31 acres of former colliery land at Lowlands Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme and will create many jobs. The scheme will be used as one of Gazeley’s models for future commercial property developments across the world including China, India and Mexico.
Jonthan Fenton-Jones, global procurement and sustainability director at Gazeley says: ‘This is a cutting edge development for the UK, what is being proposed will lead the way in ensuring sustainability continues to be a fundamental part in future projects.
Chatterley Valley has provided an exciting opportunity for us to showcase our environmental credentials to the world, it also demonstrates that we are a strong partner and pioneer in this field. We are delighted to be partnering Advantage West Midlands and Newcastle Under Lyme Borough Council on this groundbreaking project as this will be an industry leading development.’
Chatterley Valley will be a ‘Carbon Positive’ development – the complex will have its own bio-fuel micro power station, fuelled by rapeseed oil, and any other organic materials, which will not only produce sufficient power and heat for the on-site buildings but will also provide enough energy to power up to 650 local homes.
The development will be split into two plots. Plot A will provide three units capable of offering flexible accommodation from 18,000 sq ft up to 40,000 sq ft. It offers a total development area of 116,000 sq ft. Plot B is to provide a larger single building with ancillary office accommodation totaling 385,000 sq ft of warehousing.