PLP appoints Glencar on new 456,000 sq ft speculative big box unit in Crewe

Glencar, a construction company that was recently ranked amongst Europe’s fastest growing businesses, has today announced that it has been awarded a project by specialist developer, manager and owner of UK logistics and industrial properties PLP to construct a new 456,736 sq ft (Crewe 460) speculative big box logistics unit at a prime development site at Basford West in Crewe.

The project constitutes the final phase of PLP’s development on the prime employment park with construction work expected to start imminently and completion scheduled for December this year. It is Glencar’s third scheme for PLP, following the successful completion of the first phase at Crewe in 2020 and a further development at Ellesmere Port.

Crewe 460 is being constructed to be a ‘best-in-class’ warehouse and logistics facility featuring 15M clear internal height, 72M deep service yard, three-story external offices of over 30,000 sq ft together with a separately accessed car park with 442 spaces.

As with all PLP speculatively developed units, Crewe 460 will be constructed in accordance with the UK Green Building Council Carbon Net Zero standard. The design has been developed to minimise embodied carbon during construction. It also includes numerous measures to enable the end occupier to transition easily and affordably to carbon net zero operation including solar photovoltaics, air source heating and cooling, LED lighting and electric car charging points.

Further, the building is designed for the occupier’s future flexibility such as a strengthened roof to enable full coverage of solar photovoltaics and underground infrastructure to allow 100% of all car and HGV parking spaces to have electric charging points.

Talking about the contract award, Peter Goodman Glencar Managing Director Midlands and North said: “At Glencar we place great emphasis on long term customer relationships, and we are delighted to be working with the PLP team again to deliver this high quality big box development. Our recently opened Manchester office is now working on a growing number of projects across the North West and we continue to capitalise on the opportunities being driven by the levelling up agenda and the growth of the Northern Powerhouse.”

Phase 1 of PLP Crewe, comprising of two units of 92,500 sq ft and 43,000 sq ft also constructed by Glencar, was completed in 2020 and let immediately to Likewize (formerly Brightstar), the world’s leading provider of integrated solutions for the mobile and financial industries.