Goodman and Shepherd Group plan giant railfreight terminal

17/06/2013

Goodman and Shepherd Group plan giant railfreight terminal

Construction group Shepherd and property developer Goodman have set up a partnership to build a massive rail freight interchange in Etwall, Derbyshire

The partners will work with the site’s owner, Etwall Land to deliver a scheme incorporating approximately five million sq ft of manufacturing and distribution space.

The planned interchange is strategically located between the M1 and the M6, and Toyota’s UK manufacturing plant.

Its aim is to give the area’s biggest companies, like Biffa, JCB and Toyota, improved facilities to transport goods to areas such as Stoke, Derby and beyond.

A leaked masterplan shows the potential for 15 warehouses over 619 acres of land – the equivalent of more than 300 football pitches.

Mark Perkins, chief executive of Shepherd Group Built Environment, said:

“This is a wonderful opportunity to transform sustainable transport links for the region to benefit existing businesses while also encouraging inward investment.

“Shepherd Group has a strong in-house capability for delivering strategic development projects.

“We will seek to play a positive and beneficial role in delivering this exciting regeneration project and look forward to working with all stakeholders to ensure the very best outcome for all concerned.“

Charles Crossland, managing director of Goodman UK Logistics, added:

“From an economic viewpoint, the new strategic rail freight hub will act as a stimulus to attract further investment into the area and enhance the region’s reputation as a key business location.”

A public consultation will commence immediately

Source: Construction Enquirer

Excerpt from Multi Modal Website: http://www.multimodal.org.uk/htm/n20130612.741750.htm