Glenbrook, the commercial property developers behind STOK in Stockport town centre, have submitted a planning application for a major industrial park that could bring 1,200 jobs to Greater Manchester.
The proposed Meridian 6 scheme near Wigan will provide an additional 625,000 sq ft of industrial space to meet the significant local demand for small and medium-sized businesses across the city-region. The development will provide employment space for approximately 1,200 jobs, as well as creating 130 new construction jobs and apprenticeships while it is built.
Dan Symonds, development manager at Glenbrook, said:
Demand for industrial space is at an all-time high outstripping supply. Meridian 6 will provide much needed new accommodation whilst helping to secure new jobs and attract further investment to this area of Greater Manchester.
“We would like to thank everyone who engaged during the public consultation. The feedback received was useful, particularly around biodiversity, which has been reflected in the design layout with increased structured landscaping and greenspace.
“Once planning is determined we will be on site early in the New Year delivering the infrastructure works without delay.”
Dominic Page, associate at Gerald Eve, planning consultants on the scheme, added:
“Meridian 6 represents the last remaining strategic allocated employment site without planning permission in Wigan. The current proposals would unlock this long-standing allocation, delivering a first phase of industrial accommodation that could be expanded across the wider site in future.
“Meridian 6 will also help to reduce the pressure for development on unallocated and Green Belt sites in Wigan as developers struggle to find enough land to satisfy continued strong market demand.”
In addition to Glenbrook and Gerald Eve, AEW Architects and structural engineers SGI also added to the Meridian 6 design team.