Work begins to deliver net-zero logistics scheme in Leighton Buzzard

(L-R): Councillor Mark Liddiard (Central Bedfordshire Council); Paul Martin, Development Director, Chris Webb, Partner (Firethorn Trust); Danny Nelson, Director of Industrial Distribution & Logistics, Richard Reid, Project Manager, Lee Thornton, Operations Manager (Winvic Construction Ltd)

Real estate investor and developer, Firethorn Trust, has broken ground at Ascent Logistics Park, a 25.5-acre industrial development in Leighton Buzzard.

The net-zero scheme is designed to attract a diverse range of occupiers, provide a boost to the local jobs market and bring economic benefits to the wider region. Ascent Logistics Park will offer Grade A logistics accommodation across eight highly-specified units, ranging from 14,140 – 123,490 sq. ft.

The first phase of development is set for completion in Q4 2021, and is being delivered by Winvic Construction Ltd. Accredited by the UK Green Building Council for its net-zero carbon construction, the scheme’s design features LED lighting to offices, electric vehicle charging points and solar power generation, in addition to generous outdoor spaces and modern welfare facilities, which look to promote a healthy working lifestyle.

Chris Webb, Partner, Firethorn Trust said: “This is a milestone step for Firethorn, as we look to respond to the urgent market demand for high-quality, modern logistics warehousing in strategic locations across the UK.

“Ascent is an ambitious development, designed for the future with sustainability and employee wellbeing in mind. The scheme’s proximity to the newly established Link Road will provide enhanced connectivity across the country’s growing industrial market, while providing occupiers with a sustainable infrastructure that will support their immediate operational needs as well as future market requirements.”

Kate McFarlane, Assistant Director of Business and Investment at Central Bedfordshire Council, comments: “The delivery of Ascent Logistics Park will bring significant employment and economic benefits to the region, which continues to cement its place as a prime location for the logistics sector.”

Danny Nelson, Winvic’s Director of Industrial, Distribution & Logistics, added: “With the ground officially now broken at Ascent Logistics Park, we’re very much focusing on delivering this net zero scheme safely, swiftly and to the elevated standards Winvic is known for. Firethorn Trust has put its faith in our team and in return we will be aiming to exceed its expectations every step of the way.”

Strategically located off the Leighton Road, Ascent Logistics Park offers excellent connectivity to London Luton airport, Milton Keynes Central station and the M1/M25 motorways, which lie within a 30-minute drive time.

All enquiries regarding Ascent Logistics Park should be directed to the scheme’s retained agents, Knight Frank and Brasier Freeth.