Huge employment site proposed for Whitebirk

Huge employment site proposed for Whitebirk

from: David Sharpe

I am delighted to hear the news, announced by Insider Media of a proposed development of more than 1m square feet of landmark scheme which will include manufacturing, industrial and warehouse space, offices, a hotel, food outlets and leisure facilities, all sited at Whitebirk.

A public exhibition will take place at the Red Lion Public House on Whitebirk Road in Blackburn on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 between midday and 8pm.

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By Richard Frost, Senior Digital Staff Writer

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Plans have been unveiled to create a major new employment site at Whitebirk, a suburb in the east of Blackburn, spanning more than 1 million sq ft.

The landmark scheme will include manufacturing, industrial and warehouse space, offices, a hotel, food outlets and leisure facilities.

The 89-acre Whitebirk site at Blackburn Road in Knuzen, which is located next to junction 6 of the M65, has been designated as a strategic regional employment site. Commercial property investor Praxis wants to establish a mixed-use development comprising 1.05 million sq ft of buildings.

In total, there would be 990,280 sq ft of advanced manufacturing, industrial and warehousing development across four development plots along with 49,514 sq ft of offices. There would also be a hotel and supporting food and leisure facilities.

The principle road access would be from the A678 Burnley Road roundabout with a secondary access from the A679 Blackburn Road.

Praxis’ proposals will be outlined in full during a drop-in public exhibition.

Gabriel McLaughlin, director and head of asset management at Praxis, said: “Against the backdrop of a tough economic environment, we are developing plans for a mixed-employment development site that will act as a major boost to the local economy with the creation of up to 2,000 jobs of significant benefit to the local community.

“We are keen to ensure that the local community has the opportunity to comment on the scheme to help develop something we’re all proud of and that fulfil our objectives of attracting inward investment and creating a range of jobs for the area.”

The public exhibition will take place at the Red Lion Public House on Whitebirk Road in Blackburn on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 between midday and 8pm.


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Lancashire Brick & Tile appoints Pierce to advise business

We are pleased to announce that we have appointed by Lancashire Brick & Tile a leading UK specialist in the supply of façade materials for the building trade.

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Founded in 1990 by managing director, Martyn Wells, Lancashire Brick & Tile is based on Manchester Road in Bolton, and now employs 12 staff.

The business specialises in supplying products including bricks, natural stone, architectural masonry and terracotta cladding to customers in the region plus further afield including a recent high profile project in Abu Dhabi, during the construction of the landmark Al Bandar complex on Al Raha Beach.

Previous projects have included the supply of 7,500 sq m of terracotta cladding for 11 tower blocks as part of a Greater Manchester regeneration project; work on Nelson Town Hall in East Lancashire and Carlisle Police headquarters; and the supply of more than half a million bricks for a University of Liverpool campus.

Lancashire Brick & Tile is the UK distributor for Terreal, a large European manufacturer of terracotta, and has recently forged a partnership with a German brick manufacturer.

The company primarily markets its products and advises on specifications to architects, developers and housing associations. It has signed up Pierce as its accountants and business advisors to supply a range of services including audit, accounts and personal tax advice.

Mark Maden-Wilkinson, a director at Pierce, said: “Lancashire Brick & Tile is a business which has carved out a real niche for itself in the highly competitive construction sector.

“By continuing to provide a quality service the business has grown its reputation in a way that means it has been able to win work overseas as well as closer to home.”

Martyn Wells of Lancashire Brick & Tile said: “As we enter the latest stage of the company’s development it was important to ensure our business advisors had the necessary experience and expertise.

“We were impressed with Pierce’s background, and look forward to a successful relationship as we continue to balance quality with value for our customers.”

Pierce is a trading name of Pierce Group Ltd (09047081) and its associated companies. Pierce Group Ltd is the parent company of Pierce C.A. Ltd (04360541), Pierce Forensic Ltd (05969229) and Pierce Corporate Finance Ltd (05969217). All companies are registered in England & Wales and the registered office, list of all directors and VAT registration numbers are held at: Mentor House, Ainsworth Street, Blackburn, Lancashire BB1 6AY. Pierce C.A. Ltd is registered to carry on audit work in the UK and Ireland and regulated for a range of investment business activities by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales - Chartered Accountants' Hall, PO Box 433, London EC2P 2BJ, Tel 020 7920 8100.