• Occupier: Speculative Developer base build specification
  • Size: 32,980sqm / 355,000sqft
  • Completion Date: Ongoing
  • Sector: Distribution & Logistics

UMC Architects are proud to be supporting Firethorn Trust with the masterplan designs for a new three unit logistics and distribution development at junction 15a of the M1 near Northampton.

The site, which is adjacent to Prologis’ Pineham Park was formerly owned by Travis Perkins. UMC Architects assisted in securing an upgrade to the original planning permission, which will see the proposed floor space extended by c.30,000sqft The development now comprises a total of 355,000sqft of lettable space, with ancillary offices and lorry and car parking facilities.

Chris Webb, partner, Firethorn Trust, said: “We’re extremely pleased that our application to upgrade the planning permission has been approved, which marks another key step in this very exciting project for Firethorn and the region.

“This development will be a high-quality mid-box warehousing solution in a prime logistics location and, with the revised planning, it is expected to attract significant interest from potential occupiers.

“When finalising our designs, we listened to feedback from nearby residents and the local council to ensure that the proposed development at Milton Ham would minimise day-to-day impact on the community and be respectful to the surrounding landscape, whilst providing a boost to the local jobs market and economic benefits to the wider region.

“We are seeing increased demand for logistics schemes and, with this set to continue, our focus remains on acquiring sites in the right locations which allow us to create modern, adaptable warehousing spaces that connect business, people and places.”

UMC Architects Associate Director Dean Butler, says: “Our designs for the scheme will deliver Firethorn’s vision of creating an efficient, attractive and commercially viable development, whilst incorporating sustainability and low energy outcomes through robust building design and carefully considered strategies for renewable energy, lighting, water and waste management.

“We also understood how integral it was to reflect Firethorn’s values and create a space where occupier health and welfare is a priority.

“By dedicating space to open areas, including trim trails, outdoor gym equipment, shower facilities and quiet spaces, we’re able to create an exciting, vibrant place to work, putting the foundations in place for potential occupiers to position themselves as having the kind of company culture that makes them attractive as employers.”

Construction is due to start on site in Q4 2020.