Pochin’s has received planning approval from Flintshire County Council to build a 33,500 sq ft unit at Hawarden Business Park. The new facility, supported by Welsh Government, will be home to international manufacturer and distributor of commercial refrigeration, Staycold.
Staycold currently has offices in Chester and outsource warehousing to a variety of locations. With the new build, the global exporter is aiming to bring all functions in house, leading to better cost and logistical efficiencies.
Funded through a Property for Business Development Grant (PBDG) from the Welsh Government, the approved unit is set to comprise 27,000 sq ft of warehouse space and 6,000 sq ft of office space, in addition to car parking and a yard.
Ed Jonas, managing director at Staycold, said: “The time is right to match Staycold’s growth and success with a facility that can deliver all of our requirements under one roof. Harwarden Business Park provides the ideal location to support our future growth plans; it is extremely well connected, with access to a skilled talent pool, and is somewhere we’ll be very proud to welcome visitors.
“Pochin’s has been instrumental in getting the project to this stage and, given its substantial track record in the industrial sector, is the right partner to take our plans forward.”
Located just 6 miles west of Chester city centre, Hawarden Business Park, a former Second World War airbase, has undergone significant development since its purchase and development by the Welsh Government in 2002. Part of the Deeside Enterprise Zone, Staycold is set to join other major organisations with a presence in the region such as Toyota, Raytheon and BAE Systems.
Work is anticipated to begin in January, with completion marked for August 2019.
Bob Nicholson, property director at Pochin’s, commented: “Pochin’s has a long history of development in North Wales and we are committed to its future prosperity. This development, on a key site in the Deeside Enterprise Zone, promises much for the local economy, and we look forward to seeing it come to fruition.”
ALS Architects, SGI Consulting and RPS Group are partnered on the scheme, with Legat Owen and JLL as the retained agents.