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New £65 Million Distribution Scheme To Regenerate Widnes

Drawbridge Securities (Ditton) Ltd has won planning permission, with the active support of Halton Borough Council, for the massive, £65 million development of Innovis, a one million sq ft industrial and warehouse facility in Widnes, North West England.

Innovis is strategically located on the northern banks of the river Mersey adjacent to the Runcorn-Widnes Bridge and benefits from integrated communications by road, rail, sea and air.

Innovis is one of the few freight parks in the north-west, linking warehouse space directly to the West Coast Main Line, taking out the “last mile cost”. The sheds will be directly served by rail sidings, whilst lorry loading is also provided along the facing elevations.

The development has been comprehensively materplanned to create a high quality environment, improved road and rail infrastructure and high specification distribution units from 35,000 sq ft up to 500,000 sq ft.

Initial enabling and infrastructure works are due to commence on site by the end of 2006. The buildings are available on a bespoke Design & Build leasehold basis, at a rental reflecting the specification of the fully fitted buildings. King Sturge and Littler & Associates are retained as joint letting agents.

Alastair Newman, Partner at King Sturge, comments: “Innovis is a distribution park for the 21st century and offers occupiers many exclusive opportunities. It links directly with the West Cost main line and will provide a premium service to occupiers and operators alike in the UK freight industry. It also offers occupiers the important opportunity to have an input into the design process at an early stage.

Innovis is also extremely well located for the north west motorway network and a large, flexible labour pool in the immediate vicinity.”

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