Commercial Property Register
June - September 2018www.compropregister.com
An example of the wider social aspect of new development is provided
by the £1 billion Middlewood Locks scheme in Manchester where the
developers have partnered with the University of Salford in a design
competition to provide artwork for the communal areas of its new
The design approach is the focus of the brief to students at the university
with a quest to create a series of large scale artworks with a linked theme
in the lobbies of the six phase one buildings housing 571 apartments.
Nicola Wallis of the developer, Scarborough, said “The residents’
communal areas have been designed in a way to encourage our customers
to socialise”. The point here is that Middlewood Locks is a major mixed-
use development with a range of commercial space in offices, shops, bars
It is also important for Salford and the Mayor, Paul Dennet, said: “Salford
is fast becoming an exciting centre for creative industries and I am delighted
to see our developer community now connecting and collaborating with
the artistic talent at the university”.
Middlewood Locks is the largest regeneration project in Greater
Manchester and one of the largest in the UK and is a partnership of
Scarborough, Metro Holdings (Singapore) and Hualing Group of China.
Another deal in Warrington has seen BE Group, on behalf of Plus
Dane Housing, let 1,005 sq metres (10,817 sq ft) to the sport brand
ASICS at Clearwater, Lingley Park.
Simon Rodden of BE Group said: “ASICS is a household name and
therefore an attractive tenancy for any business park in the North West.
Image and location played a large part in their search for a new office”.
“The Warrington office market produced 4,645 sq metres (50,000 sq
ft) of transactions in the first quarter of 2018, a good start to the year. The
vast majority of transactions were Warrington occupiers relocating and
expanding in the borough, which is a strong characteristic of this market”.
Lingley Mere is the long-established headquarter office park of United Utilities, and also
incorporates a modern office scheme known as Clearwater with 5 self-contained office buildings
totalling 6,735 sq metres (72,500 sq ft).
Apart from the success of Manchester city centre, Warrington has been buoyant for some time now
and attracted new business as well as the expansion of current occupiers.
Caddick Construction is an example of a northern company that has expanded healthily in the
past decade and is now relocating its North West office into Trident Business Park, Warrington from
This follows an expansion in the workforce and a number of new contracts in the region where
it now has 14 contracts valued at £56 million.
Ian Threadgold of Caddick said: “The last three years have been a huge success for us in the
region. We’ve won contracts for high profile projects such as Liverpool Shopping Park, Q110 in Crewe
and the Great Home Street scheme in Liverpool”.
Simon Rodden - BE Group
Clearwater Lingley Park