The Liberty Park development is set to create more than 700 new jobs, the scheme benefits from access by road and public transport located next to Lichfield Trent Valley Railway Station
The new units will provide 115,000 sq ft and 48,000 sq ft of Grade A industrial/logistics accommodation with up to 230 combined car parking spaces and 17 lorry spaces.
Derbyshire-based G F Tomlinson has been appointed as lead contractor and is expected to complete work on the new units in October 2019.
Development partners Liberty Property Trust and Stoford staged an official groundbreaking ceremony at Liberty Park, Lichfield attended by representatives from Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
Andrew Blevins, managing director of Liberty Property Trust’s UK operation, said: “Liberty Park, Lichfield is an exciting opportunity providing quality industrial and logistics accommodation in a superior A38 location, which is already proving attractive to occupiers.”
Tony Nash, director of Stoford Developments, said: “We are delighted to see work start on this major employment project and are looking forward to developing the scheme.”
Minister for Local Growth, Jake Berry MP, said: “We are committed to boosting economic growth across the whole of the Midlands Engine and building a country that works for everyone.
“Our £4m Local Growth Fund investment has paved the way for work to start on the development of Liberty Park, funding the infrastructure works necessary to open up this business park. Once complete, this project will enable the people of Lichfield and the wider Staffordshire area to benefit from the creation of more than 700 jobs, as well as a new investment site that will attract more businesses to the area.”
Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership chairman, David Frost CBE commented: “These essential infrastructure improvements opening up Liberty Park got our Growth Deal plans off to a flying start.
“The success of this project is a real boost to our package of strategic industrial and commercial developments that are raising our profile nationally and internationally and driving economic growth across our area, from i54 in the south to Ceramic Valley in the north.
“We are delighted to see that our ambitions to create more and better jobs benefitting local communities are bearing fruit. Showpiece projects such as Liberty Park illustrate the development benefits of working in partnership with the private sector and local authorities and demonstrate that our region is very much open for business.”
Staffordshire County Council’s transport leader, Helen Fisher added: “We’re pleased to see development get under way at Liberty Park as it presents the county with another prime investment site with superb connectivity where we will see more jobs created.
“The county council, working on behalf of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, created access to the site with the new road bridge over the West Coast Mainline. This was a complicated engineering project of which we’re proud as it will pave the way for in the region of 700 jobs.
“The project has been further demonstration of how public and private sectors have worked together to deliver results. It is also another example of the county council and partners laying the foundations for growth.”
The development is situated approximately 16 miles north of Birmingham, providing speedy access to the A38 and the M6 Toll (Junctions T4 and T5).
The site is a minute’s walk from Lichfield Trent Valley train station, with mainline links to London and cross-country links on the Midland’s rail network. Local occupiers include DHL, Newell Rubbermaid, Florette, Tesco and Palletways.
Liberty Park, Lichfield, has been backed by £4m funding through the Government’s Growth Deal and was the first such project to get underway in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. The funding is part of an £128m package of major Growth Deal projects being delivered across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire by the local enterprise partnership.