Spring has definitely sprung in Warrington as we at Warrington & Co. look forward to the new ventures and regeneration projects that are continuing to take shape across the town.
The Base – Warrington’s brand new, £8.5 million office space that has been developed by Warrington & Co., on behalf of Warrington Borough Council has only been open for ten weeks and already the interest in companies wanting to take space within the building is encouragingly high.
Earlier this month we welcomed Carpe Diem and R & D Tax Claims (North) Ltd, The Base’s first tenants and others currently agreeing terms.
The very nature of The Base is that it is an incubator for businesses offering space to develop, grow and expand. Occupation is therefore tailored to be transient and flexible. Whilst the building will probably never be 100% occupied, the amount of “churn” we envisage will keep the building in a state of constant ebb and flow.
Another new announcement for Warrington came this month when Warrington Borough Council (WBC) proudly revealed the striking new brand identity that will be used for the £107 million re-development of the Time Square and Warrington Market area of the town centre, formerly known as the Bridge Street Regeneration Scheme.
WBC’s flagship scheme’s new visual identity and brand name will be based around the name Time Square – retaining the existing name of part of the site.
The regeneration of the area marks an exciting new chapter for Warrington town centre and it was felt that it deserved an appropriately fresh, strong new look that accurately reflects what Warrington town centre has to offer and compliments Warrington as a modern, sociable and exciting destination.
The scheme is progressing well with planning approval granted last month for the construction of the scheme’s new, 1,160 space multi storey car-park, the construction contract for which we are pleased to say has been awarded to a local company.
The mighty Omega has also made announcements including Domino’s Pizza signing up for a £30 million, 100,000 sq. ft. supply chain unit that, subject to planning, will create around 130 jobs for the area if approved and also Omega Warrington Limited’s (OWL) intention to construct a 100,000 sq. ft. speculatively built unit. 2016 will also see the Travis Perkins Facility, The HUT Group, Plastic Omnium and Asda, all become operational.
Construction of the University Technical College Warrington is also well underway. The £10 million educational facility that sits adjacent to The Base has been enjoying a high level of interest from students looking to enrol when the new term commences in September 2016. Over 180 offers have been accepted so far and many more are expected in the coming weeks.
To the South of the town centre work progresses at a pace on the Southern Gateway through Wire Regeneration Limited, the joint venture established late in 2013 between Langtree and Warrington Borough Council. Significant works have improved and upgraded Wharf Industrial Estate and master planning for Southern Gateway is now complete. There’s also been considerable progress on the £160 million Warrington Waterfront with Warrington Waterfront Central Link – a bridge across the River Mersey set to be progressed later in 2017.
Finally, the second phase of Skyline Drive is now complete which connects the Royal Mail depot at Lingley Green Avenue through to Junction 8 of the M62.
Spring time is all about positive new beginnings and growth, and as is clearly evident, there is an abundance of very positive growth occurring all over Warrington.