Logistics North is one of the largest distribution developments in the north of England and BWB are proud to have been involved since the concept stage. The 250-acre business park near Bolton is designed to create a hub for manufacturing and logistics companies across 4 million square feet of industrial buildings. Thousands of jobs will be brought to the area while an adjoining 560-acre country park will offer social and leisure amenities for both employees and local residents.
BWB was appointed by Harworth Estates to deliver specialist masterplanning advice along with infrastructure planning and design services to support the planning application for the project. Following the successful completion of Phase 1, BWB were then novated to the lead contractor AE Yates for the construction phase. Phase 2 completed in October 2015.
Five of the eighteen plots are already under construction, one of which is the new regional distribution centre for supermarket chain Aldi. The first tenants are scheduled to begin moving into their new premises from late 2015.
BWB provided civil engineering design services to enable construction of 2km of new highway and associated services on the former open-cast site. We addressed significant challenges including a high pressure gas main, national grid overhead powerlines and the historic Thirlmere Aquaduct. Our plans were designed to accommodate the existing utilities infrastructure and two watercourses with associated ecology and design of topography to optimise the development platforms with balanced earthworks. BWB was also responsible for the relocation of great crested newts which had been another significant constraint at the site.
BWB carried out detailed design of the highways and drainage which included a comprehensive swale and ponds SUDS system plus the incoming services to deliver the development. A co-ordinated 3D model was used for the earthworks platform design, the highway alignment and drainage design and the foul sewer design. Setting out was delivered by sharing the model with data being fed directly to setting out equipment and plant which were both on-site.