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National developer St. Modwen has submitted plans for more than 100,000 sq ft of industrial space at its 64-acre Burton Gateway commercial business park – one of the largest warehouse developments in the Midlands.

The application for three units offering 54,000 sq ft, 40,000 sq ft and 25,000 sq ft of warehouse space, suitable for storage, distribution and general industrial uses, has been submitted to East Staffordshire Borough Council.

The plans follow the successful letting of the 87,000 sq ft first phase unit at Burton Gateway, let to global logistics experts Hellman Worldwide Logistics on a 10-year lease.

Ian Romano, Development Director at St. Modwen, said: “There is a lack of new employment space across the Midlands, and we are building speculatively at a number of our key developments to satisfy the growing need for high quality and well connected space.

“With outline planning consent for up to 1 million sq ft of commercial business space, it is our intention to speculatively build this next phase to accommodate demand from both national and local occupiers.”

Burton Gateway exemplifies St. Modwen’s focus on the development of industrial and logistics sites in areas of high demand throughout the UK. During 2017, St. Modwen expects to develop 1 million sq ft of industrial and logistics space across its UK portfolio, of which 50% is already sold, let or pre-let.

Jon Ryan-Gill and Ranjit Gill, from joint agents Knight Frank and Savills, said: “The A38 is a popular corridor for occupiers as it provides easy access to the wider motorway network and a good catchment of labour. The units are designed so that they can be taken individually from 25,000 sq ft or combined to give up to 119,000 sq ft and therefore can cater for local, regional and national requirements.”

Subject to planning permission, works are expected to start in January 2018, with units available from August 2018.

Formerly a 280-acre wasteland, St. Modwen carried out extensive highway works to support the regeneration of the area and, in turn, develop a key location for commercial and residential development, having worked with the local authority and stakeholders.

Strategically located adjacent to the A38 at the entrance to Burton-upon-Trent, Burton Gateway offers good links to the M42 and A50. Nearby occupiers include Pirelli, Unilever, Boots, Rolls-Royce, Tesco and Toyota.