Planning secured for first net zero construction development in Biggleswade

The Woods Hardwick Planning team has secured detailed planning permission for half a million sq ft of employment space on behalf of Tritax Symmetry! This is Central Bedfordshire’s first ‘net zero carbon in construction’ development of this type!

Central Bedfordshire Council has given the go ahead for the next phase of development at Symmetry Park, Biggleswade, which will create 577,000 sq ft of new high quality logistics accommodation.

Located on the established Stratton Business Park, the 45-acre site provides excellent road links to the national motorway network and comprises units of 75,000 sq ft, 112,000 sq ft, 160,000 sq ft and 230,000 sq ft. The scheme has been designed by AJA Architects.

Kate McFarlane, Assistant Director Business and Investment, Place and Communities Directorate, Central Bedfordshire Council, said:

“We are pleased to see commercial investment continue to remain strong in Central Bedfordshire, particularly in these unprecedented times. This will be a great opportunity to boost the economy, bringing significant investment to the area which will help create jobs for local people. We look forward to working with Tritax Symmetry to help this scheme come to fruition”.

As Central Bedfordshire’s first net zero carbon in construction development, Tritax’s Development Director, Tom Leeming, said:

“Buildings are responsible for 39% of all carbon emissions globally.  As a responsible developer, we are proud to commit to delivering net zero carbon in construction across all our new developments.  To be the first developer to do so in Biggleswade and Central Bedfordshire is a real accolade, and we hope to set the bar high for others. The development will create many millions of pounds of investment through 2021-22 as well as creating hundreds of new jobs if this challenging economic period.”