Russells delivers £1.3 m refurb for Quorum

One of Quorum's refurbished units at Linkway Trading Estates

One of Quorum’s refurbished units at Linkway Trading Estates

Russells Construction has handed over two industrial units at the Linkway Trading Estate, Grimshaw Lane in Middleton, after a seven-month contract. The pair, one 40,000 sq ft the other 10,000 sq ft, were refurbished for developer Quorum which has now launched them back to the market.

New roofs – incorporating natural light panels – insulated wall- panels, cladding and doors were installed. Electrics were stripped out and replaced, and the buildings decorated throughout ready for the new occupiers. Externally, new water services, drainage and fencing were also installed, and the yards fully resurfaced.

Both are being marketed for warehouse, industrial and manufacturing use and there has been significant interest shown already. Joint agents are Davis Harrison and Knight Frank. Beaumont Lord was the contract administrator for the project.

Russells Construction director Andrew Russell said: “Both units were in need of a significant refresh and we’re pleased to have completed the project on time and on budget to enable the buildings to be put back on the market swiftly. Following these works the units are effectively new build standard and offer a great blank canvas for any new occupier.”

Quorum’s Paul Wardle said: “We appointed Russells Construction following a five-way tender and have been pleased with the completion. The two units required a comprehensive refurbishment to ready them for re-launch to the market.”

For more information or to arrange a viewing contact Quorum on 01625 549 999.

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Russells completes latest phase at Yearsley Logistics

Yearsley Logistics' Heywood superhub

Yearsley Logistics’ Heywood superhub

Finished scheme adds 50,000 sq ft to Heywood superhub

An improving economy and greater customer demand for space has seen frozen food specialist Yearsley Logistics expand again. Russells Construction has completed work to bring online an additional 50,000 sq ft of space at the firm’s Heywood headquarters.

The Trafford-based contractor laid the super-insulated floor slab to complete the cold store, which operates at minus 22 degrees, and enable its use as the second part of a three-phase project. The shell of the 100,000 sq ft building was constructed last year as part of a major £20m investment in infrastructure by Yearsley Logistics, the UK’s leading cold storage provider. Half was initially fitted out for use and now the second half is being completed and fitted out with Power Automated Systems state-of-the-art automated racking.

The new facility adds another 12,000 pallet spaces to Yearsley Logistics capacity at Heywood, taking the site’s total to 60,000 pallet spaces over approx 300,000 sq ft. The firm has need for the space due to additional storage requirements of existing customers.

Harry Yearsley, managing director of Yearsley Logistics, said: “We invested throughout the recession in our infrastructure to make sure we were ready for the future requirements of our customers, and will continue to do so. The improvements in the economy are evident in the increase demand for capacity from customers in the cold storage market, requiring the completion and fit out of this additional facility at our Heywood headquarters. Russells Construction has been an important partner for Yearsley Logistics in helping us to improve our facilities nationwide and create the northern superhub which, at 60,000 pallet spaces, is the largest in our national network of cold stores.”

Completion of the remaining third phase of expansion, which would add a further 50,000 sq ft of capacity, will be driven by further customer demand. Yearsley Logistics has a network of 13 cold stores across the country with Heywoodthe firm’s head office.

Andrew Russell, director of Russells Construction, added: “We have been working with Yearsley Logistics for a number of years on the new construction and fit out programmes for its property assets across the country, so have a proven methodology for swift and efficient delivery of new schemes. As ever, customer demand meant this project had a tight timescale which was achieved to enable the company to bring the new facility on line as quickly as possible.”

New recruits and promotions at Russells Construction

New quantity surveyors at Russells Construction (L-R) Mark Kenyon, Mark Turner, Jamie Oldland, Patrick Moors

New quantity surveyors at Russells Construction (L-R) Mark Kenyon, Mark Turner, Jamie Oldland, Patrick Moors

Two promoted to board and appoints five new starters

Russells Construction is making plans for growth with the expansion of its senior management and wider team. The firm, which is expected to post an increase in turnover of around a quarter to more than £40m later this year, is bringing in additional expertise to meet the growing workload and larger contracts.

Promoted to the board of directors are John Millward and Chris Harper to help lead projects and steer the company to further growth. Chris Harper has been with Russells for nine years as a senior estimator while John Millward joined the firm at the end of last year from Carillion. They join existing directors Andrew and Gareth Russell, Phil Jay and Lee Downs.

Four new quantity surveyors have also been brought in to assist with the management of projects from tender to completion, and a new design manager has been appointed to oversee the firm’s liaison with architects.

· Senior chartered QS Mark Kenyon is highly experienced having worked for ISG Construction for three years and Shepherd Construction for 16 years prior to that;

· Mark Turner is a senior QS who joins from Bilfinger Europa facilities management firm. Prior to that he worked for Miller Construction and Shepherd Construction;

· QS Patrick Moors joins Russells from Morris and Spottiswood where he worked for three years;

· Chartered project QS Jamie Oldland worked at Carillion for seven years before being moving to Russells;

· Design manager Mark Stocks has 27 years construction industry experience. Prior to joining Russells he spent almost eight years at Capita Symonds and two at GallifordTry.

John Millward has been promoted to the board

John Millward has been promoted to the board

Established in 1997, Russells Construction has grown its turnover substantially in recent years. Retention of longstanding clients and winning work in new sectors, such as health and student accommodation, and larger scale projects including recent new hotel developments in Manchester city centre, have contributed to growth.

Building on that with investment in new staff will help drive the company forward, says director Andrew Russell. “There is an upturn in activity which is extremely welcome. With forecasters predicting continued growth, we need to make sure we are able to make the most of it.

“We’re on track for another good year and that’s in no small part down to the team we have behind the planning and delivery of our projects. During the recession we took a decision to prioritise keeping hold of our skilled employees to make sure we would have the people with the right experience and expertise to help the company thrive come the upturn, and wouldn’t be hit by the anticipated skills shortage which is now becoming a reality.

“That strategy has paid off and now we’re investing in expanding that team to ensure we continue to provide clients with the quality of service and delivery they’ve come to expect. We want good quality people in our organisation and I believe we have the best team, they’re experienced, dedicated and pay close attention to detail.

Chris Harper

Chris Harper

“I’m pleased to welcome all our new starters and congratulate Chris and John on their appointment to the board. We are continuing to build the business and will be looking to recruit more experienced specialists and bring on trainees and apprentices as the number and size of projects continues to increase.”

Current projects underway include: the redevelopment of the White City Retail Park in Manchester and the Ellesmere Centre in Walkden for Derwent Holdings; the new 330-bedroom Motel One on London Road in Manchester’s Piccadilly area; the three-phase VITA Student accommodation project in Liverpool’s Crosshall Street; development of Baildon Business Park near Bradford; completion of the new Premier Inn Hotel in Harrogate.

£5m of industrial new build from Russells Construction

The Bury South Business Park

The Bury South Business Park

Contractor delivers two speculative schemes for PAG

Russells Construction has completed construction of two new build industrial schemes for developer Property Alliance Group. The projects, which total more than £5m, are the first speculative industrial builds the contractor has delivered since the recession, a welcome marker according to Russells Construction director Gareth Russell.

He said: “It is still rare to find developers prepared to invest in speculative development as it was off the cards for so long, so it’s good to see this type of project returning. For a long time it has been end users and occupiers with capital available to fund a move or upgrade their existing properties. With developers now coming back into spec builds, there will be another option available for occupiers looking for new build and a welcome stream of projects for contractors.”

Russells Construction has completed 11 new industrial units in Radcliffe as part of a £2.6million contract PAG. The new Bury South Business offers a total of 36,500 sq ft for trade counter and warehouse use. Of that, 11,000 sq ft is already let to ITHS and Crown Paints, with 16,000 sq ft under offer and 9,500 sq ft still available.

The redevelopment of the brownfield site at Dumers Lane saw the demolition of a former factory and significant groundworks and remediation to lift the levels of the site above the floodplain of the River Ribble. The units were designed by Cube Architecture and structural advice was provided by Healy Consulting.

Internal view of the new unit at Victory Park

Internal view of the new unit at Victory Park

The build is part of a wider £10m redevelopment of the 27-acre site into a mixed-use scheme comprising housing, industrial space, a children’s day care nursery and a seven-acre riverside park. Bellway has commenced construction of 114 new homes and Persimmon has permission for a further 125 homes.

Russells Construction has also handed over a single 50,000 sq ft unit over 2.5 acres at the Victory Park industrial site in Upwell Street, Sheffield. Designed by AEW Architects and built to BREEAM Very Good standard, the £2.5m unit has been specified for manufacturing use, but could be subdivided for storage and distribution. Agents are in discussions with a number of firms over the potential lease or acquisition of the unit.

Victory Park is a 13-acre mixed-use site, already home to Elliott Group, the portable buildings firm, and permission also exists for an additional build of upto 80,000 sq ft for office, general industrial, or storage and distribution (B1, B2 or B8) use.

Lee Charnley, development director from Property Alliance Group, said: “There is significant pent up demand for new, quality industrial buildings which makes bringing forward speculative developments like these an easier decision for developers.

“We’re taking a flexible approach to either freehold sale or lease transactions, depending on the occupier’s requirements, and have been extremely pleased with the interest in both speculative developments.”

The 50,000 sq ft unit at Victory Park in Sheffield

The 50,000 sq ft unit at Victory Park in Sheffield

Baildon Business Park set to take off

Cutting the sod at the new Baildon Business Park (L-R) Agent Richard Heslop of Dale Eddison, Bradford Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Anetic Aid’s Andrew Curtin, Jeremy Ridyard from Produmax, Andrew Russell and Mark Taylforth of Pendle Russells

Cutting the sod at the new Baildon Business Park (L-R) Agent Richard Heslop of Dale Eddison, Bradford Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Anetic Aid’s Andrew Curtin, Jeremy Ridyard from Produmax, Andrew Russell and Mark Taylforth of Pendle Russells

Construction of the first three units at the new Baildon Business Park has begun. Developer Pendle Russells is building a state-of-the-art 28,000 sq ft facility for precision-engineering firm Produmax, a 15,000 sq ft unit for surgical equipment manufacturer Anetic Aid, and a 14,000 sq ft unit on a speculative basis. Russells Construction is the main contractor.

The ceremonial sod cutting was attended by Produmax managing director Jeremy Ridyard and Anetic Aid director Andrew Curtin, with development partners Mark Taylforth and Andrew Russell from Pendle Russells, alongside Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for employment, skills and culture.

The commencement of works comes after planning approval for the construction of the second two units at the new 15-acre business park, following an earlier approval for the Produmax application. Construction of the new access road and the first three units is expected to be complete in early 2015.

Completion will allow Produmax to move production from premises in Otley and Yeadon to one site, bringing 44 jobs to Baildon. It forms the start of the firm’s 10-year expansion plan, part-funded by £600,000 from the Regional Growth Fund, which will see more products developed and a doubling of the workforce.

Anetic Aid, part of the Portsmouth Surgical Holdings Group, is relocating its maintenance, sales and distribution teams from its existing home in Guiseley, and with it 26 jobs. The new facility will also allow the firm to grow its servicing engineering department and anticipates increasing staff numbers to 40 within the next few years.

Mark Taylforth and Andrew Russell are delivering the £15m business park as part of a joint venture

Mark Taylforth and Andrew Russell are delivering the £15m business park as part of a joint venture

Developer Mark Taylforth said: “The start of construction for the first phase of Baildon Business Park is a major milestone. Having two units pre-sold was the ideal scenario and I’m pleased we’re kicking off construction with both Produmax and Anetic Aid on board. Negotiations are underway with other potential tenants and, once confirmed, we’ll get to work on detailed designs and planning applications for the remaining 90,000 sq ft the site has to offer.”

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe added: “This development will contribute to the growth of the companies we need within the district and I welcome the jobs that come with that growth.”

Jeremy Ridyard, managing director of Produmax, said: “The foresight and assistance of the team at Bradford council has helped to deliver an excellent prospect in the Baildon Business Park. Produmax is in a period of rapid growth supplying to the global aerospace industry, assisted by the UK Sharing In Growth program, and we are looking forward to moving into the purpose built factory early in 2015.”

While Andrew Curtin, Anetic Aid director, added: “This is a great move for us to a brand new unit, in which we have been able to specify our design requirements, and the staff can’t wait to move into the new facility.”

Baildon Business Park offers a total 140,000 sq ft of business space, with 11,500 sq ft of restaurant / retail available on the road frontage. The site has outline planning for B1, B2 and ancillary B8 units up to 60,000 sq ft, and agents are in discussion with a number of potential occupiers for the site, with three having progressed to legal negotiations.

For more information about taking space at Baildon Business Park please contact agents Atkinson Associates, Knight Frank and Dale Eddison Commercial, or call 0113 244 3242 or go to www.baildonbusinesspark.co.uk

Crewe regeneration scheme from Russells

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A 3.2-acre brownfield site in Crewe is set to be redeveloped with two new food outlets following works by Manchester’s Russells Construction. Part of the former Bombardier factory site off the A5078 Dunwoody Way in Crewe is to house a new Green King pub and a McDonalds restaurant creating more than 100 new jobs.

Trafford-based Russells Construction has commenced site remediation works and will install the foundations and service infrastructure for the two new buildings, including a new road layout. Green King will start work on the 7,500 sq ft pub next month, as will McDonalds.

Andrew Russell, director of Russells Construction, said: “We are on site preparing the land for development with the installation of services and infrastructure to support the new occupiers, and in doing so regenerating a brownfield site. We’re also preparing the rest of the site for future occupation, ensuring it is oven ready for development.”

Sister company Russell Homes secured the deal with both operators and is currently marketing an adjacent 2.5-acre plot for food, retail, or leisure use. Russell Homes also brought forward a neighbouring site for residential use with Countryside Properties which is now building 143 affordable properties. The site is opposite an existing Morrisons supermarket and close to the Phoenix Leisure Park, home to an Odeon Cinema, Mecca Bingo and Pizza Hut.

Daniel Kershaw, land director at Russell Homes, said: “This is a strategic site in the heart of Crewe near to existing retail and leisure outlets and was ideal for a mixed use development with long term economic benefits, which aligns with the aspirations of the local authority. Together with Countryside Properties we have brought forward more than 140 new homes to provide affordable properties and increased choice for the local community.

“This is complemented by the development of a new pub and drive through food outlet which will serve not only the new residents but the existing neighbouring communities, and provide long term jobs for local people. Our aim is to see the remaining plot occupied by a retailer, gym operator or similar, thereby providing additional new amenity and employment opportunities.”

The site is part of the larger 52-acre parcel of land sold off by engineering firm Bombardier to the north west of its current facility. Russell Homes sought to align its scheme with the goals of the regeneration of the town centre as set out by Cheshire East Council’s All Change for Crewe strategy which aims to deliver new jobs, increased retail and leisure spend, and population growth of 20 per cent by 2031.

Russells appointed to White City project

Derwent Holdings invests £6.5m in retail park revamp

Artist's impression of the revamped White City retail park

Artist’s impression of the revamped White City retail park

The White City retail park in Trafford is to undergo a £6.5 million revamp with the creation of five new build units, totalling 59,000 sq ft of additional space. Ten of the existing units will also be refurbished and the pedestrian walkways improved as part of the investment by owner Derwent Holdings, bringing the total space at the park to 148,000 sq ft.

Manchester-based contractor Russells Construction has been appointed to the build, following the delivery of similar schemes for Derwent at the Ellesmere Shopping Centre in Walkden and the Anlaby Retail Park in Hull. The contractor has commenced the 52-week programme and units will be available for occupation by spring 2015.

The works will be phased to minimise disruption for the park’s existing tenants and customers, which include Pizza Hut, Currys, SCS, Dreams, Furniture Village and Halfords. Four new-build units will be constructed at the west end of the site in phase one, before the fifth new build is built on the east side near to the Currys store in phase two. The majority of the refurbishment of existing buildings will be undertaken toward the end of the programme in phase three.

Russells Construction director Gareth Russell said: “The redevelopment of White City is our third retail park project for Derwent Holdings and we’re delighted to have been appointed to deliver it over the coming year. Building on our experience of similar projects in Hull and Walkden, we have planned a phased programme which will allow the park to remain fully operational throughout the build and existing businesses to continue trading.”

David Lyons, Derwent Holdings group managing director, said: “We are making a significant investment in modernising the facilities at White City and providing additional retail space at what is already a well established out-of-town shopping destination. We’re pleased to have Russells Construction on board once again and look forward to the completion of the project in spring next year.”

The refurbishment will see the existing units modernised with new glass facades and ceramic rain screen cladding, and brought up to modern building regulations with improved energy efficiency, with the new-build sections designed to match. The use of glass canopies not only gives the buildings a more modern appearance, but serves to benefit customers who will be protected from the rain while walking from store to store. Manchester’s AEW Architects was responsible for the design and planning for the development.

AEW’s Nigel Machin, who works on schemes for Derwent across the UK, said: “The retail park is being entirely rebranded and brought into line with Derwent’s signature design for its retail parks across the country. By using high quality design and materials, Derwent is raising the bar in terms of what is expected in out-of-town locations.”

Stephen Perrett of Cheetham and Mortimer has been appointed as the letting agent.

The White City retail park

The White City retail park