Buckingham Group has been chosen as preferred bidder for Peel’s £120m logistics hub in Ellesmere Port, Construction News can reveal.
The contractor has been lined up to build the first phase of Peel’s industrial hub on the site of the former Cabot Carbon plant near Ellesmere Port, which was closed in 2009.
Buckingham will build a 327,976 sq ft cardboard box manufacturing facility, which has been designed by architects UMC, with German manufacturer Prowell already signed up as end-user for the site.
As well as the construction of the manufacturing facility, the first phase of the development will require full remediation works across the site, associated infrastructure works and the installation of an electricity substation.
Overall, Peel is expected to invest around £120m in the first phase alone. Once operational, the factory is expected to create 68 new jobs.
Approving the first phase earlier this year, council planning officers said the scheme would “bring about significant regeneration benefits, promote significant economic growth and job creation”.
Peel also submitted an outline application for the second phase of the scheme, which will include an additional industrial facility of up to 468,230 sq ft in size, in August this year.
Buckingham Group declined to comment.