In 2019, our planning team secured approval of reserved matters for a circa 661,000 sq ft B8 use building for clients Tritax Symmetry on the 50 acre Symmetry Park site at Phase 6 of Stratton Business Park in Biggleswade. This followed obtaining the outline planning permission for the site, along with the adjoining Phase 5 land.
In February 2020 the appointed contractors broke ground to mark the start of construction of a brand new regional distribution centre for Co-op. Situated off the A1 at Symmetry Park, Biggleswade and only 29 miles north of the M25, the new centre will support the Co-op’s continued growth strategy across London, the South and South East
This exciting development will create around 1,200 new jobs for the region. The site is due to become operational in 2022, and has an investment value of more than £90 million.
At the end of 2020, the Planning team secured detailed planning permission for a further half a million sq ft. of employment space, Central Bedfordshire’s first ‘net zero carbon in construction’ development of this type! It comprises units of 75,000 sq ft, 112,000 sq ft, 160,000 sq ft and 230,000 sq ft, with the scheme designed by AJA Architects.
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.”