Gazeley and Legal & General deliver new £38-mln. facility at G. Park Crick (UK)

On behalf of Legal & General Property, Gazeley, global provider of sustainable logistics space, has delivered a state-of-the-art warehouse for Butcher's Pet Care Ltd (BPC), the leading UK family-owned pet food business, at G. Park Crick, one of the most sought-after distribution parks in the Midlands.

The new warehouse will act as the headquarters for Butcher's Pet Care's operations, as well as a new manufacturing and distribution facility producing five million cans a week. Taken on a 20-year lease by BPC, the deal has been forward funded by investment manager Legal & General Property (LGP) on behalf of its managed pension fund.

Delivered in just 38 weeks, the 24,000-m² building highlights Gazeley's ability to deliver high quality projects within a tight timeframe and low-running costs through sustainable solutions, while allowing BPC to maintain its operations as construction took place. The new facility is expected to deliver new capacity to meet demand for the successful pet care firm as it scales up its business across Europe.

As part of the 95-acre G. Park Crick, the warehouse is strategically located close to the M1 and in the heart of the logistics 'Golden Triangle', defined by its ability to access the majority of the country within a four-and-a-half-hour drive time.

Bruce Topley, Development Director at Gazeley, comments, "The delivery of this bespoke manufacturing and distribution facility in the UK is an excellent example of how we provide tailored, high quality, complex projects for our customers within demanding timescales. We worked in partnership with Butcher's Pet Care in a transparent open book manner to procure the bespoke fit-out for their business on time and within budget. Our flexible approach meant that their onsite facility continued operating at its optimum level."

Charlie Walker, Senior fund Manager at Legal & General Property, says, "We saw value in the pre-let market during 2009 and the early part of 2010 and we are pleased to have funded this successful development."

Graham Baker, Founder of Butcher's Pet Care Ltd. added, "We are delighted with the new facility which fully meets our expectations. The quality of engineering is exactly what we expected from Gazeley and confirms our decision to work with them was the right one. From the outset their teams worked closely with us to ensure all our requirements were incorporated into its development. The speed of the construction and the ability to continue our business was essential and Gazeley allowed us to do just that."

As is standard for all Gazeley projects, the new warehouse at G. Park Crick has been developed with sustainability at the heart of its design, helping drive down energy costs for BPC while helping the environment. It incorporates a number of environmental measures, such as rainwater harvesting and recycling, energy-efficient lighting, solar panels, low water-use appliances and the use of FSC-approved timber.

Agents CBRE and Dowley Turner Real Estate acted for Gazeley, Burbage Realty acted for Butcher's Pet Care and Knight Frank acted for Legal & General.

Source: Red Consultancy

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