Leading North West business destination, Birchwood Park, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a record occupancy level of 96 per cent.
Today marks 20 years since MEPC’s purchase of Birchwood Technology Park in 1998. Since then, the park (now owned by Warrington Borough Council) has almost tripled in size, providing 1.1million sq ft of office and warehouse space. A total of 33 new buildings have been developed – most recently a 70,000 sq ft mixed-use industrial development at Cavendish Avenue.
Over 165 businesses and 6,000 employees now call Birchwood Park home, ranging from start-up’s and SMEs to global corporates. The park is also one of the key sites in the Cheshire Science Corridor Enterprise Zone and is nationally recognised as the UK’s hub for the Nuclear Services industry. High profile firms include Rolls-Royce Nuclear, Sellafield, Wood Plc (formerly Amec Foster Wheeler) and Atkins.
In the last 18 months, the park has been bolstered by a raft of lettings to international businesses, including Ricoh, Müller, TATA and Dr Schär.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary, the park has created a series of special events over the coming months, commencing today with the opening of ‘The Woodshed’ café located at the award-winning Bridgewater Place development. The grab-and-go service will offer Starbucks coffee and artisan street food, as well as traditional sandwiches. The new offering is the park’s latest investment in onsite amenities and has been introduced in response to occupier demand.