Preston’s massive £65million industrial estate, which took years to build, will create 1,500 jobs

Developers behind a major £65m development in Preston say it could create 1,500 jobs if approved.

HBD and the Barnfield Group have filed plans to build a 25 ha employment scheme at Roman Way, including 800,000 square feet of new industrial and warehouse space. The site is close to the existing Roman Way industrial estate and the developers claim it is ideally placed due to its transport links. The site is an allocated employment site under Preston City Council’s local plan and the developers have been in pre-bid discussions with the local authority since 2020.

The companies say work could start on the site as early as this year if planning permission is granted. Chris Newsome, Senior Development Surveyor at HBD, said: “The site is very well connected, close to the motorway network and just 2km from the M6, making it an ideal location for an industrial project of this caliber. It is also adjacent to the thriving Roman Way industrial estate and would help address the shortage of high-quality industrial space in the area, while creating thousands of new jobs.

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Tracy Clavell-Bate, Development Manager for Barnfield Group, said: “It’s great to bring the site to the planning stage; it has not been without its challenges, but we are sure it is a natural extension of the existing Roman Way site, which is fully occupied, that the development will be extremely successful if planning is granted.

Since discussions began, a range of technical experts and specialist consultants have been involved in carrying out comprehensive site assessments, alongside architects Fletcher Rae and Iceni Planning Consultants. Ridge was responsible for flood risk assessment and drainage, Bowland handled ecology and arboriculture, Mode handled highways, Sandy Brown handled acoustics, and Applied Geology took into account all the geo-environmental factors. Dean Young of Young & Co represented the landowner.

The proposed scheme is the latest of several industrial projects delivered as a joint venture by HBD and the Barnfield group. EAST, an 18-acre strategic development site, is also located in Preston and its first phase of 70,000 square feet has been fully let prior to practical completion and the remainder of the site is up for grabs. The partnership also developed an 11.5-acre site in Huyton, Beacon 62, creating approximately 357 new jobs and transforming an important gateway site.

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