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Work completed on units at £45million Liberty Park Lichfield
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Work completed on units at £45million Liberty Park Lichfield

Building work on two industrial units at the £45million Liberty Park in Lichfield has been completed, with the potential to create up to 700 jobs.

Liberty Park was backed by the Government’s Local Growth Deal through a £4million funding package. This enabled the county council to build a new road over rail bridge to access the site and new parking facilities to allow development to take place. The work was carried out on behalf of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

The site benefits from excellent access by road and unrivalled public transport access. The development is situated approximately 14 miles north of Birmingham, with access to the A38 and the M6 Toll (Junctions T4 and T5). The site lies adjacent to Lichfield Trent Valley train station, with mainline links to London and cross-country links on the Midland’s rail network.

Liberty Property Trust (a Prologis company) and Stoford Developments completed the construction of two industrial/logistics units this month (March).

The new buildings – L115 and L48 – deliver 115,000 sq ft and 48,000 sq ft of Grade A industrial/logistics accommodation. Fronting the A38, L115 and L48 comprise two high-specification, detached, self-contained and secure units, each with 10m internal height, 50KNm2 floor loading and more than 230 combined car parking and lorry spaces.

Alun Rogers, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership Chairman, said:

Showpiece projects such as Liberty Park illustrate the benefits of working in partnership with the private sector and local authorities. We are delighted to see that our ambitions to create more and better jobs benefitting local communities are bearing fruit.

The success of this project is a real boost to our package of strategic industrial and commercial developments that are raising our profile nationally and internationally and driving economic growth across our area. It sends a clear and positive message that our region is very much open for business.”

Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, said:

Liberty Park presents the county with another prime investment site with superb connectivity. The county council, working on behalf of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, created access to the site with the new road bridge over the West Coast Mainline.

This was a complicated engineering project which will pave the way for new jobs in the region. The project has been further demonstration of how public and private sectors have worked together to deliver results. It is also another example of the county council and partners laying the foundations for growth.”

Andrew Blevins, Managing Director of Liberty Property Trust’s UK operation, said:

Liberty Park, Lichfield is an exciting development that has been built in response to demand in an undersupplied market. We fully expect both new units to be attractive to high-calibre occupiers keen to secure market leading industrial/logistics facilities adjacent to the A38 and close to the M6 Toll.”

Tony Nash, Director, Stoford Developments, said:

We are delighted to have completed work on this major employment project, which provides quality industrial and logistics accommodation in a strategically important location.”

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Pictured are: (L-R) Chris Kershaw, Director, Leasing, Liberty Property Trust UK Limited; James Leavesley, board member, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP and Deputy Lieutenant for Staffordshire with special responsibility for business; Ed Peel, Development Manager, Stoford; Caroline Binns, Associate Director, Marketing & Leasing; Tony Nash, Director, Stoford; Richard King, former Director of Place and Community, Lichfield District Council; Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth at Staffordshire County Council.