Property developer, Gazeley, has started work on its €63 million scheme, G Park Blue Planet at Chatterley Valley, which will be one of the world’s greenest logistics developments. The scheme is the first phase of the wider Chatterley Valley park which will not only create thousands of new jobs in the region but also set a new environmental development standard in North Staffordshire.
Nick Cook, development director at Gazeley, says, ‘This is the first project in the UK where a land owner has selected a developer due to its commitment to sustainability, which highlights the forward thinking approach by AWM and Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council. Despite only being confirmed as developer on the project in October last year, within seven months we are on site with completion of the first phase of Chatterley Valley scheduled by the end of 2008.’
Stuart Kirkwood, director of development at Advantage West Midlands, says: ‘It’s exciting to see work start at G Park Blue Planet, one of the most exciting developments we have in the West Midlands region.
‘Our partnership with Gazeley will ensure a project that not only satisfies the need to create local jobs but also incorporates leading-edge environmental and sustainable technologies. This is a tangible example of moving the climate change debate into climate change action, and showcases the West Midlands as a region which is embracing the opportunities of the new low carbon era.’
The overall Chatterley Valley park totals 70 hectares of land that will be transformed over the next decade, creating a total of around 4,000 jobs. Located on a former colliery site, it will house the UK’s first truly carbon positive logistics development, with its own bio-fuel micro power station, fuelled by rapeseed oil and other organic materials. What sets this development apart is that the bio-fuel micro power station 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 overall Chatterley Valley park is a joint venture between Advantage West Midlands and the North Staffordshire Regeneration Zone, Newcastle Borough Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Staffordshire County Council.