Birmingham City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), have sold a 2.9-acre site at the Advanced Manufacturing Hub (AMH) in Aston, Birmingham to Barberry Developments Limited.
Barberry will speculatively develop a 60,000 sq ft (5,574 sq m) industrial facility at the at the scheme located immediately adjacent to J6 of the M6, with construction due to begin in Q1 2018 and be completed by Q3 2018. As part of the AMH, the land benefits from a Local Development Order which grants planning consent for manufacturing, light industrial and R&D use without the need for a conventional application.
The new property will be the second speculative development at the AMH, following the 94,500 sq ft (8,779 sq m) Apollo building which completed construction in Q1 2017. HydraForce Hydraulics was the first occupier to commit to the AMH in 2014, with more than 500 staff now based there at its 120,000 sq ft (11,148 sq m) European headquarters. Additionally, global tool manufacturer Guhring has developed a 50,000 sq ft (4,645 sq m) factory at the site, which accommodates R&D and the full manufacturing process.
Jonathan Robinson, Development Director at Barberry commented “We are delighted to have been chosen as the preferred purchaser of this prime well located Birmingham site. The proposed development compliments several other schemes that Barberry are delivering within the region. We believe our investment will generate strong demand from both regional, national and global manufacturing, light industrial and research and development businesses ultimately generating jobs, economic growth and regeneration for the region.”