Rula secures two new occupiers in major expansion phase at Winsford Gateway, Cheshire

Rula Developments has secured two new occupiers at Winsford Gateway, a significant development and employment site at Junction 18 of the M6.

The news follows Rula’s appointment to deliver a major expansion plan for the industrial led site on behalf of Build&Thrive, the partnership between Cheshire West & Chester Council and PSP.

Petrol filling station operator, The Kay Group has acquired a 1.6-acre roadside plot at the entrance to Winsford Gateway. Rula is delivering a facility to include four BP pumps with EV charging points and bespoke HGV facilities to serve the industrial estate operators. The new retail operation will be supplied by Londis and includes a Subway, Greggs, and Costa Express amenity to customers. A car valet service will also be available.

Paul Blackmore of The Kay Group, said,

“We are pleased to secure this prime site which strategically fits into our geographical structure. This will be our 10th operation in the UK with three further sites in the pipeline. We expect to create around 40 highly paid jobs on the site to include seven management positions.”

Rula has also secured a deal with self-storage operator, Rent A Space, which is taking 60,000 sq ft of space at Winsford Gateway. Rula will deliver a turnkey solution for Rent A Space.

Kevin Murphy, Director at Rent A Space, said,

“We are delighted to have secured such a prominent site within a strategic target location for our business. Our vision is to create a multi-use destination offering start up trade units, light assembly and small office and workspace each on flexible, cost effective and easy in/out terms. This in turn will be underpinned by a large presence of business and household internal self-storage units.

“We believe the marketplace for this ‘flexi workspace combined with self-storage’ model to be currently under served – not just within the immediate Winsford & Middlewich area – but also within the wider West Cheshire conurbation.

With state-of-the-art technology and a multitude of green initiatives, the total scheme value will be in excess of £5million, boast 60,000 sq ft of internal space and will create plenty of opportunities for job creation”.

Rula has already delivered a 168,000 sq ft, £22 million state of the art factory for Tiger Trailers on the estate. With full planning consent in place to develop a further 30 acres, Rula has released plots for 18.5 acres industrial/distribution use, 5 acres for roadside/amenities and a further 7 acres for smaller industrial/business uses.

Ben Ward, Managing Director at Rula Developments said,

“We are delighted to secure these two new operators at Winsford Gateway. Having just completed works on a new main access road and site infrastructure we can now offer bespoke design and building opportunities for units from 20,000 sq ft to 60,000 sq ft for the amenity and business unit plots and up to 250,000 sq ft for industrial distribution.

“Winsford Gateway is now well placed to meet the fast growing demand for well-located logistics space and we are able to start construction on site immediately with fast-track delivery options.”

Kate Howe, Development Director at PSP, said:

“The agility and flexibility of the Build&Thrive partnership with the Cheshire West & Chester Council allows us to respond to the specific needs of a community and to deliver projects that truly support and promote local people and places. As a partner and consultant to local authorities and housing associations, we passionately believe land and property can be used to help local unlock value and deliver true social impact.”

Winsford Gateway and the wider industrial estate has seen rapid development in recent years and is now home to more than 100 businesses and around 4,000 workers. The Estate is located in the heart of Cheshire, and borders idyllic countryside whilst offering excellent transport links, with the M6 motorway and major A-roads linking the estate with Merseyside, Chester and North Wales.

Rula Developments is a privately owned commercial development company focusing on identifying and developing sites across the UK for immediate development or for medium to longer-term strategic development, delivering high quality buildings and schemes.

Its management team has a pedigree of over 4,000,000 sq ft of development for manufacturing and distribution use with resources to manage projects from conception to completion. Its current portfolio includes a 125,000 sq ft new build in Tankersley, the 77-acre Port Link 180 estate in Immingham and 168,000 sq ft industrial unit on the adjacent land.