Work Starts On New Warehouses near J11A, M1

Panattoni start work on new warehouses near J11A, M1

Panattoni, the world’s largest speculative logistics developer, has begun development on Panattoni Park, near Houghton Regis. This new speculative warehouse development is located on the southern M1, immediately adjacent to the newly built junction 11A.

Winvic Construction secured this assignment,  recently breaking ground on the £80m industrial development.  The development consists of two units, one of 345,000 sq ft and one of 69,000 sq ft.

The £80 million development consists of two units. Luton 345 has a haunch height of 15m, and offers 345,000 sq ft of space and an additional 13,500 sq ft of offices over two floors. The second warehouse, Luton 69, is 69,000 sq ft, 13.1m in height and provides 7,700 sq ft of office space. Winvic will also be carrying out the associated civil and infrastructure work, including car and lorry parking, both Luton 69 and Luton 345 will be completed in December.

Winvic Director, Danny Nelson, commented: “Our relationship with Panattoni has gone from strength to strength, and starting another project together – over a short amount of time – illustrates how hard our whole company works to create robust bonds with clients. We are focused on meeting, and exceeding, expectations and are proud that our values help to position us as a trusted leader in the industrial sector. We are looking forward to handing over these high-quality facilities to Panattoni by the end of year.”

James Watson, Development Director of Panattoni UK, said: “Having appointed Winvic on a number of occasions, we are confident their management and construction of this project will be of the highest standards. We are dedicated to providing only the best quality buildings in the best locations and Panattoni Park Luton fulfils these ambitions, in part due to Winvic’s vast experience in constructing first-rate, modern warehouse facilities.”

Panattoni Park is in an advantageous location and will benefit from excellent road connections; Central London is merely 36 miles away and the M1 / M25 intersection is 17 miles to the south. Furthermore, Luton Airport is just seven miles away and the site is within easy HGV drive times of major UK ports including Felixstowe, London Gateway, Southampton and Dover. There are also proposals for a new link road from junction 11a of the M1 to the A6. This will improve the scheme’s access to the A1, bringing the east coast ports closer and opening up the East Midlands.

James Watson, Development Director of Panattoni UK, said: “We are dedicated to providing only the best quality buildings in the best locations and Panattoni Park fulfils these ambitions.
“We expect to attract occupiers looking for a close connection to London, the Midlands and international markets – given the proximity of London Luton airport and easy HGV drive times to leading UK ports.”

The planning application (CB/15/00979) was approved in November 2015 subjected to various conditions and S106 agreements being made available.   Included in that was a bus timetable to coincide with shift patterns that provides links to the site to and from Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Luton town centre areas.

From left to right: (Left to right) Winvic Director Danny Nelson, Panattoni Development Director James Watson, Sue Glantz of Central Bedfordshire Council, Winvic Operations Manager Ben Shearman, Andy Hall of the M1 Agency.