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Keyland Developments Ltd, the property trading arm of Kelda Group and sister company to Yorkshire Water, has sold the 57 acre North Bierley Water Treatment Works site in West Yorkshire to Opus North for an undisclosed sum. Opus North will start on site in Q1 2020 developing the first unit of a total circa 370,000 sq ft new industrial scheme designed to address regional supply shortages.

Keyland secured planning consent last year from Kirklees Council to regenerate the extensive site, which has been redundant for almost 20 years, into a major commercial development of circa 400,000 sq ft of industrial and employment space which could deliver some 800 new jobs.

The site is located in a strategic position at the major intersection of the M62 Transpennine motorway and M606 Bradford link and was launched to market at the end of last year by Dove Haigh Phillips.

The purchase by Opus North reflects the Yorkshire-based developer’s focus on the industrial and logistics sector following the delivery of several major retail schemes across the North of England and will add to its current £150m development programme.  The team will be appointing a contractor at North Bierley in the forthcoming months with work set to commence on site in Q1 2020 delivering the first  unit of a total circa 370,000 sq ft industrial development, which will comprise freehold and leasehold units from 15,000 sq ft up to 125,000 sq ft. Delivery of the new scheme, which will be branded as Interchange 26, is timelined for Q1 2021

Peter Garrett, Managing Director of Keyland Developments Ltd, said; “The sale of the North Bierley site will make significant headway in providing new industrial accommodation and employment opportunities in a region that is currently experiencing severe shortages. The delivery of a major employment scheme, as facilitated by the planning consent, will also help to support businesses in the local area and bring about new jobs. Unlocking strategic, dormant land such as this across Yorkshire is critical to the region’s economic success and we are excited to see Opus North realise the wider vision for this important site.”

Andrew Duncan, Managing Director of Opus North, said; “The acquisition of this key site forms part of our wider aspirations within the logistics sector where we see strong opportunities to deliver schemes of excellence to address the chronic shortages of high quality industrial and logistics space. This is an immediately deliverable opportunity for us and we are already in discussions with potential occupiers for the first unit at Interchange 26, which will be underway towards the start of next year.”

Dove Haigh Phillips marketed the site for Keyland Developments with Shulmans providing legal advice on the sale, and Knight Frank provided assistance on the acquisition for Opus North.

Simon Dove, Partner at Dove Haigh Phillips, said; “Viable and immediate commercial opportunities of this scale are rare and Keyland’s work in securing planning consent and undertaking the commercial masterplanning resulted in keen competition for the site. The surrounding business and industrial parks are operating at full capacity and therefore the delivery of up to 400,000 sq ft of employment space will be a welcome addition to the region’s supply.”

Keyland Developments Ltd has been operating across Yorkshire for over 20 years, regenerating Yorkshire Water’s redundant sites. In addition to its work transforming former Yorkshire Water land, the team also works alongside independent landowners, corporates or regulated bodies to overcome obstacles to development on strategic sites in order to facilitate regeneration by securing planning consent for future use.

Barings, one of the world’s largest diversified real estate investment managers, has agreed its first letting at the 180,000 sq ft Landmark office development on behalf of institutional investors, to global property consultancy JLL.

JLL has signed a 15 year lease to relocate its 170-strong Manchester team from One Piccadilly Gardens into the 13,896 sq ft 10th floor of the award winning Landmark office building, which is currently under construction at St Peter’s Square in Manchester City Centre. The Manchester office is JLL’s largest commercial office outside of London.

When completed in Q3 2019, Landmark will offer 14 floors of BREEAM Excellent and Wired Score Platinum, next generation office space with the largest floorplates currently available in the prime core of Manchester’s City Centre. Virtually column-free, Landmark is being built with an offset core to enable not only large and efficient floorplates but also maximum flexibility to occupiers.

Substantial private and public sector capital has gone into the transformation of St Peter’s Square and the Civic Quarter in recent years. This has led to a number of major occupiers relocating to the area. Landmark, which has received overwhelming support from Manchester City Council, will be the concluding project for the prime St Peter’s Square business district.

Ian Mayhew, Managing Director at Barings, said; “We have worked incredibly hard to design and deliver much needed offices in Manchester’s premier business district that appeal to forward-thinking organisations like JLL.  To have secured such a high-profile global occupier as our first pre-letting at Landmark is an excellent result that endorses our strategy.  Interest for the remaining space in Landmark is strong and we look forward to announcing further transactions in due course.”

Stephen Hogg, Lead Director – North West at JLL, said; “We set our objective to relocate to best in class offices to provide our valued Manchester team and our clients with a dynamic, inspiring workplace and as a result we are delighted to be taking space within Barings’ Landmark scheme.  We recognise the building’s commercial benefits around its highly efficient floor plates as well as the amazing reception along with first class design credentials and digital and physical connectivity. In addition, Landmark offers outstanding environmental characteristics that resonate with our corporate sustainability ambitions.   We are excited to be moving our North West team to what we consider to be one of the most prestigious addresses in the city centre, and are looking forward to joining the St Peter’s Square business community.”

Barings’ Landmark team includes; Castlebrooke Investments as development manager, award-winning architects Squire & Partners, acclaimed lead contractor Bowmer & Kirkland, Gardiner and Theobald as project manager and leasing agents CBRE and Colliers International.

Acting on behalf of real estate investment manager Corestate Capital Group, CBRE Liverpool’s National Building Consultancy team has submitted planning as part of the phased renovations to implement a new visitor and occupier experience featuring an elegant external lighting scheme with a series of lighting features to take place at Liverpool’s iconic Royal Liver Building. The works are part of the next phase of the building’s repositioning masterplan developed and project managed by CBRE.

Planning has been submitted to utilise the visually dominant clock tower to produce regular light shows which will become a new attraction to the city and encourage public engagement. The visual show-piece will require the installation of sequential colour-changing, dynamic lighting that acts a narrative, honouring the history of the towers as a time piece and look-out.

Visible from across the city; the clock faces, the Liver Birds and the towering domes will be brought to life through light. By mounting luminaires within the tower itself, the inner faces of the building fabric will create a stunning visual backdrop.

Benefits of the new external lighting include preservation of the prestigious and historical features of the building, the effective use of technology and the opportunity to enliven entrances and the building as a whole. Heritage significant luminaires will be retained and restored, while the lighting treatments will emphasise and define architectural features and form.

Simon Hepple, Director for the National Building Consultancy team in Liverpool, commented;

“We are delighted to submit planning for an exciting new external lighting scheme at the Royal Liver Building. The proposed lighting experience will be one of the first of its kind in the UK, showcasing Liverpool’s innovative spirit and setting a new trend. It is hoped that the new lighting experience will connect the Royal Liver Building back to Liverpudlians and bring more visitors to the city and will serve as a gathering point, bringing a revival to the waterfront and further promoting the Royal Liver Building and Pier Head as a desirable destination.”

Arup have been appointed as the lighting designers following a selection process across Europe managed by CBRE for suitable heritage lighting consultants.

Lauren Blow, senior Lighting Designer at Arup said:

“The scheme aims to rediscover the majesty and form of the Grade I Royal Liver Building during the hours of darkness with a timeless external lighting scheme. The clocks and Liver Birds which adorn the Royal Liver Building are fundamental to the Liverpool story and city heritage. Millions of people have looked to these towers for the time of day and, throughout history, with the hope of security for their loved ones at sea. These towers will be brought back to life with light to reinstate the original purpose of the clock towers in a 21st century ‘digital’ format.”

Yorkshire Water and sister company Keyland Developments Ltd have submitted a planning application to Bradford City Council to transform redundant land around the Esholt waste water treatment works in Bradford into one of the country’s leading sustainable industrial and residential developments.

The 32 acre Esholt Waste Water Treatment Works site sits close to both Leeds and Bradford and as a result of advances in technology, the operational footprint of the site has reduced significantly over recent years, leaving large areas of formerly operational land redundant and unused.

The project team has undertaken extensive public consultation  on the future of the site to ensure the views of local people have been taken into account alongside the vision to create a masterplan for an exceptional and nationally recognised development, which will repurpose the largely brownfield site to deliver a host of economic, social and environmental benefits through homes, employment and open space.

The masterplan focuses on ensuring the development fits with the existing landscape and includes innovative ideas relating to Health & Wellbeing, Environment, Social Value, Long-Term Value, Sustainable Transport, Positive Resource Use and Water & Energy.

The three broad categories of innovative employment, sustainable housing and community enhancements have been devised based on the economic and social needs of the locality.

The innovative employment element of the masterplan details the creation of 100,000m2 of quality, sustainable work spaces to accommodate a mix of industry, with a particular focus on bio-tech businesses and other industries that can make the most of heat, power and water generated by the treatment works to maximise sustainabilty.

This element of the masterplan is key to addressing the shortage of employment space in the surrounding area for growing Bradford businesses or relocating companies, with neighbouring business parks operating at full or close to capacity.

The sustainable housing element of the masterplan has been led by the drive to create an exemplar residential development which will be one of the most sustainable in the UK. The masterplan outlines 150 homes, covering a wide spectrum from 1 bedroom maisonettes to 5 bedroom detached houses to allow for a diverse community. The sensitive use of local materials along with an innovative blend of technologies and intelligent energy use, landscaping, living with nature through visible water management and shared recreation spaces will result in a community that can sit seamlessly with the nearby Esholt Village.

A key focus is on showing how homes and businesses can reduce their water consumption through innovative design, in a move that Yorkshire Water hopes will influence how developments in future can contribute to meeting the challenge of supplying a growing region with the water it needs, without impacting the environment. The masterplan also showcases a number of community enhancements designed to create a new community connected to nature and with a real and visible relationship with water, with shared recreation spaces as well as sustainable transport routes to encourage walking and cycling through the site.

Luke Axe, Planning Manager at Keyland Developments Ltd, said; “We have always known that Esholt has the potential to be one of the most significant developments in the UK, so to be at the stage where we are submitting our plans for this innovative sustainable development is incredibly exciting.

“We have worked extremely hard with our valued project team over the last few months, undertaking extensive public consultations and stakeholder engagement to ensure that the plans will enable Esholt to reach its potential and deliver far reaching social, environmental and economic benefits. This development demonstrates how sustainability can drive design and we are looking forward to being able to deliver this ambitious project.”

The Esholt team comprises of; Tate Harmer, a leading UK firm of architects on sustainability and natural environments, sustainability consultants 3 ADAPT and pioneering independent integrated planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore. The Esholt project team has a collective wealth of experience delivering exceptional projects across the UK including The Eden Project Cornwall, the Natural History Museum London, the Dyson Campus Malmesbury, City Fields Wakefield and Museum of Scouting Gillwell to name a few.

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Templegate Developments Limited, the joint venture partnership of Evans Property Group and Keyland Developments, has secured a £20M loan from Homes England to support its delivery of a new mixed-use sustainable community at Skelton Gate in Leeds Aire Valley.

Planning permission is already in place for 1,100 new homes, a primary and secondary school, public open space, a local centre and a convenience store as well as associated infrastructure on the 170-acre former open cast colliery site which is located to the east of Junction 45 of the M1. In July this year, Templegate Developments submitted an additional application for a further 700 homes, taking the total housing numbers to up to a potential 1,800.

The Homes England loan will support the initial infrastructure and reclamation works which alone carry a cost of some £53M. These crucial works will facilitate the development of the entire scheme which is set to make a significant impact on the region’s housing and economic targets in addition to enabling the creation of more than 500 new construction and operational jobs.

The team is in the process of appointing a contractor with works set to commence this month.

As part of the development proposals, Templegate Developments Limited is also transferring its interests in those parts of Skelton Lake within the site to Leeds City Council in order for the Council to create, possibly in partnership with the RSPB, a new nature reserve. Templegate Developments has also committed to a significant financial contribution to the ongoing management cost of the nature reserve.

Peter Garrett, Managing Director of Keyland Developments, said; “Templegate Developments is committing major investment into the Skelton Gate regeneration scheme and we are delighted with the support the development has received from all key stakeholders and the community. The plans to create an entirely new sustainable community, whilst aspirational, have always been entirely deliverable and we are incredibly excited to be at the stage where preparatory works can commence.”

James Pitt, Development Director at Evans Property Group, said; “The securing of this significant loan from Homes England has unlocked and accelerated the development of Skelton Gate and will enable us to commence the first phase of our groundworks and infrastructure programme with immediate effect. The vision for Skelton Gate has been developed over almost a decade with close collaboration between Homes England, Leeds City Council, as well as NHBC and we are now looking forward to commencing on site.”

Neil Milligan, Head of Infrastructure and Complex Projects at Homes England added: “Skelton Gate is a great example of how Homes England works with ambitious partners to make homes and communities happen.   Through our Home Building Fund we help unlock land to create homes where they’re most needed.   This development will transform a brownfield site within the Aire Valley, a key strategic regeneration and growth priority for Leeds City Region.  We look forward to seeing a new neighbourhood develop.”


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