Main contractor MCS Group has been appointed to deliver a major new dealership on the site of Bristol’s largest regeneration project.
Development partners St Francis Group and iSec have secured Volvo Cars UK on a pre-let at Horizon-38 in North Bristol, the site of the former Rolls Royce East Works at Filton.
Midlands-based MCS Group is expected to start work on site this month (November) on the 17,000 sq ft flagship car dealership on one of the last remaining plots, with frontage directly on to the A38.
Volvo will join other established names at Horizon-38 including Sytner’s Car Shop, Selco Trade Centre, Village Urban Resorts and GKN Aerospace, alongside nearly 400,000 sq. ft of speculative industrial warehouse development.
Group development director Tim Perkins, of MCS Group, said: “We have enormous experience and expertise in delivering car dealerships, dating back to 2003 when MCS Group was first established. We are very much looking forward to working alongside St Francis Group, iSec and Volvo Cars UK to deliver this impressive project at Horizon-38.”
Gareth Williams, of St Francis Group, said: “We have worked with MCS Group on projects in the past and we are looking forward to seeing the team deliver another outstanding development. Volvo and all other project stakeholders have shown a huge can-do attitude to ensure that this deal was done and we’ll be starting on site very shortly”.
He added: “This development represents another piece of the jigsaw on this hugely popular and successful 60-acre site which continues to deliver. We are looking to continue with this momentum through the last two remaining plots where commercial discussions are underway with interested parties.”
Horizon38 was acquired by a joint venture between St Francis Group and iSec late in 2015 and since then nearly 500,000 sq ft of new high-quality warehouse space has been built in addition to a new Village hotel and trade counters. A new Sytner Car Shop is under construction as is a state-of-the-art Global Technology Centre for GKN Aerospace.
MCS Group has built and refurbished more than 300 car dealerships since its inception in 2003. The Warwickshire-based company has worked on a string of high-profile projects for the likes of Audi, Aston Martin, BMW, Porsche, McLaren and Jaguar Land Rover.