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MATRIX PARK LAUNCHED
30/05/03
TWO Lancashire MPs have praised the vision and commitment that has gone into bringing one of the biggest mixed-use ventures in the North West to life.

The MP for Chorley, Lindsay Hoyle, and the MP for South Ribble, David Borrow, were speaking at the successful launch of Matrix Park – a joint venture between Redrow and Barratt to create a pioneering business development that is part of their £400 million Buckshaw Village.

Located between Leyland and Chorley, on the former Royal Ordnance Factory site, Buckshaw Village spans some 395 acres and will take 10 to 15 years to complete. As well as the 80-acre commercial development that is Matrix Park, Buckshaw Village will provide about 2,000 homes, a school, shops, community facilities, sports pitches, landscaped open areas and even a planned railway station.

Lindsay was so determined to jointly open this important business development with David that he defied doctor’s orders following a knee operation to be at the recent event.

Lindsay said: “David and myself have worked and campaigned with many people over many years to see the redevelopment of the Royal Ordnance Factory land, so to come to the launch today and see the progress that is being made is tremendous.

“After the area suffered a massive down turn in manufacturing in the 1980s and the closure of large parts of the Royal Ordnance Factory during the early 1990s it’s excellent to have the jobs coming back to Chorley and South Ribble.

“Buckshaw Village and its commercial development, Matrix Park, is an incredible asset to the region with new jobs and new homes that will build on our economic development for the future. I will be watching Buckshaw Village’s growth over the next 10 to 15 years with great interest.”

David said: “Buckshaw Village is the most important re-development site in the north west of England and when completed will provide around 2,000 new homes and in the region of 5,000 permanent jobs.

“Re-using hundreds of acres of former industrial land is just what the government wants to see and will reduce the pressure to build on green field sites in South Ribble and Chorley.

“I know from my own contact with companies that there is a lot of interest in moving to Matrix Park at Buckshaw Village. By allowing local firms to expand and attracting firms from outside the area Buckshaw Village will underpin the success of the local economy.”

Redrow Commercial Developments and Barratt Commercial created Matrix Park to provide accommodation for companies seeking new production and warehouse facilities, together with prestigious offices in the heart of Lancashire.
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Simon Isherwood, managing director of Redrow Commercial Developments, said: “Redrow and Barratt worked closely with former landowner BAE SYSTEMS, Chorley and South Ribble Borough Councils and other statutory groups, to make this development a reality. The launch generated a significant number of new enquiries from local and national companies.”

David Broadhead of Barratt Commercial said: “The launch was a great success and provided companies with the chance to see and experience the scale and high quality working environment of Matrix Park, along with its tremendous communication links with immediate access to the M6 and M61.”

Commercial agents for Matrix Park are Manchester based King Sturge, tel: 0161 236 8793, and DTZ Debenham Tie Leung, tel: 0161 236 9595.

For further details of Barratt new homes at Buckshaw Village call 01772 436 727 or visit www.barratthomes.co.uk; for Redrow information, call 01772 432 006 or visit www.redrow.co.uk. Further background is available at www.buckshawvillage.co.uk.

Issued for Redrow Homes (Lancashire) by Active PR.

EXCITEMENT BUILDS AT BUCKSHAW VILLAGE
28/04/03

REDROW PRESS RELEASE 28th April 2003

REDROW’S newest housing development lived up to expectations when hundreds of visitors beat a path to the doors of Worden Brook Hall at Buckshaw Village, near Chorley.

They turned up in their droves to catch a first glimpse of what’s to be built on the site of the former Royal Ordnance Factory at Euxton.

Well over 300 potential customers visited Redrow’s new marketing suite during the opening weekend and even the fact that the first brick has yet to be laid did not deter people from paying their reservation fee to secure a brand new home.

Christine Aitken, sales director for Redrow Homes (Lancashire), said: “It was incredible. We had a queue forming a good couple of hours before the doors were due to open. We had five sales staff dealing with initial enquiries and sold four properties in the very first hour. At one point they were worried they might sell the same house to two different people!

“Sales are already into double figures and many more people have registered for Redrow Mastermove, which helps would-be customers with an existing property still to sell.”

Worden Brook Hall features three and four-bedroom detached homes with elevations that reflect the architecture of a 1920s’ street scene. Current prices are from £143,950 to £248,950.

Jointly with Barratt, it’s the first phase of a massive regeneration project that is transforming the 395-acre site of the former Royal Ordnance Factory to include everything from two-bedroom apartments to large detached family homes, plus a business park, shops, school and wide range of community and sports facilities.

Among the people keen to make Buckshaw Village their home is Philip Wallbank, who was one of the first people to sign on the dotted line. The retired water industry engineer has returned to his Lancashire roots after 10 years in the North East. He’s bought a three-bedroom detached home from Redrow and hopes to be moved in before the end of the year.

Philip said: “Since retiring I’ve been living with my elderly mother in Euxton while I look for a new home locally. I wanted something close to her and also my daughter in Leyland.

“Buckshaw Village is such an exciting project. I’ve been reading about it as much as possible over the past year and registered my interest over the Internet to make sure I’d know as soon as the first properties were available.

“I grew up locally so remember the old factory site. It’s wonderful to think that an industrial wasteland is going to be transformed into something rather special with homes, landscaping, cycle paths, shops and lots of other amenities. I’m thrilled to be part of it.”

The Worden Brook Hall marketing suite is open daily from 10am to 5.30pm or call 01772 432 006 for further details. Sales information is available online at www.redrow.co.uk, while background to Buckshaw Village can be found at www.buckshawvillage.co.uk

Late News
22/04/03
By chance we were today furnished with a press release that many readers will be interested in. It relates to sales at the Worden Brook Hall at Buckshaw Village opening - A Momentous Moment - so momentous no one at Redrow thought to let us know! Let's all hope that Redrow value the community they are currently creating more than they do the community website!

Anyway, the 9th April Redrow press release.......

A MOMENTOUS MOMENT

WHAT were you doing when the moment finally came for people to become part of one of Lancashire’s most ambitious ventures?

After all the preparation, hard work, and headlines, this Easter weekend sees the hugely anticipated start to sales at Redrow’s Worden Brook Hall – the first phase of the visionary development, Buckshaw Village, near Chorley.

Worden Brook Hall will feature detached homes finished to Redrow’s luxury Heritage interior style and high specification but, unique to Buckshaw, the exteriors are re-elevated to revive the architecture of the 1920s’ street scene. The first releases will be three and four-bedroom detached homes with prices from around £140,000.

Christine Aitken, sales director for Redrow Homes (Lancashire), says: “This is what everyone has been working towards and it’s tremendously exciting news for house hunters in Lancashire.

“Our first homes to be released embody a wonderful balance between contemporary, convenient and economic family living with traditional and desirable character. But this is just the start. As Buckshaw Village develops, these carefully detailed and designed homes will blend into the whole vision of a sustainable ‘urban village’, which embraces the key concepts of mixed-use development and high environmental standards.”

While the architecture in the first releases evokes the roaring Twenties, the interiors are most definitely 21st Century, with all the Redrow properties featuring energy efficient central heating, modern standards of insulation, and PVCu double glazed windows for significant energy savings.

The next phase will include a special architecturally designed ‘village centre’ with homes in courtyard and mew-style settings. Predominantly apartments and three-storey town houses, these homes will reflect a traditional village theme with frontages up to the footpaths and parking to the rear.

Eventually, the choice of new homes across Buckshaw Village will offer everything from affordable first-time buyer properties to high specification detached family homes.

A joint venture between Redrow and Barratt on the site of the former Royal Ordnance Factory, Buckshaw Village will span some 395 acres, will take between 10 and 15 years to complete and have a finished value of around £400 million. Along with the new homes, plans include a business park and other commercial use, with employment for up to 5,900 people, a district shopping centre, railway station, park and ride facilities, a primary school, and outdoor sports amenities.

Buckshaw Village will make the most of the natural habitat, with existing areas of mature woodland and wildlife protected and enhanced by new planting. Two grade II* listed buildings, Buckshaw Hall and Worden Old Hall, will also be restored to their former glory and put back into everyday use.

The Worden Brook Hall sales office will officially open on Friday, April 18, when you can visit or call 01772 432 006. Alternatively call now on 01942 602 232 to register your interest. Or log on to www.redrow.co.uk . Background information on the Buckshaw Village project can be found at www.buckshawvillage.co.uk

Garden Thefts
20/03/03
Over recent weeks there has been numerous reports of thefts of garden ornaments in particular chimney pots. These offences have occurred across Chorley area also. There have been 5 incidents in the Halsall area over the past week as well as 2 thefts from Hesketh Bank. Due to the wieght of the property being stolen it is obvious that a vehicle (either a van or a car) is involved. The Police wish to speak to the driver of a white NIssan Bluebird reg. no. G38 GJC and any sightings should be reported to the Police. It is possible that other vehicles may be used so everyone is asked to be extra vigilant. The thefts from gardens in Halsall occurred in the early hours of the morning at around 4am. If anyone has any information on this matter you can also contact Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.

BUCKSHAW VILLAGE GETS GROWING - 14 March 2003
It's back breaking work but someone has to do it … the Mayors of Chorley and South Ribble Borough Council put their weight behind a massive tree-planting initiative at Buckshaw Village this week!

Chorley Mayor, Cllr. Raymond Parr, and Cllr. David Pownall, Mayor of South Ribble, were invited to plant one of 660 trees being used to line Central Avenue at Buckshaw Village, helping to create an attractive approach to the new homes now under construction. Robert Handford, managing director of Barratt Manchester - joint developers of Buckshaw Village with Redrow - said: "As the former Royal Ordnance Factory straddles the two council boundaries, we thought it appropriate to invite both Mayors to mark the latest milestone in the site's history. The trees are being planted in readiness for the launch of housing sales by both companies over the Easter weekend."

The trees chosen to line Central Avenue, the main thoroughfare through the new village, are 'Tilia x. euchlora', or Caucasian lime trees. They are UK-grown stock from J. A. Jones & Sons nurseries in Southport and are being planted by W.J. Wilkinson & Sons of Longridge. David Toft, of Cork Toft Partnership - Preston-based landscape architects for Redrow and Barratt - explains: "This type of lime tree is an excellent choice of avenue tree as they have straight trunks and a nice silhouette. This particular species is a 'clean' lime, unlike the common lime, which attracts aphids that secrete a sticky honeydew that can drip onto cars, etc.

"The trees being planted are currently eight years old and about 20 to 25 feet tall. They should reach full maturity and up to 60 feet in height over the next 60 to 80 years."
Just over a third of Buckshaw Village's 395 acres will be developed for housing, with just under 31 per cent designated for business and commercial use and almost a third retained as green space. The balance will comprise a school and other community facilities.

Mayor of Chorley, Cllr. Raymond Parr, said: "It has taken 10 years of hard work and determination by the landowners and the local authorities to bring about the regeneration of this major former munitions site. The tree planting marks the birth of the new Buckshaw Village. Now the vision, for a whole new community, based on sustainable principles with a mix of homes, jobs, community and leisure facilities, starts to become a reality. "I am proud that Chorley Borough Council has been so closely involved in helping to make it happen and I wish the project every success over the next 10 years or so that it will take to develop."

Echoing his sentiments, the Mayor of South Ribble, Cllr. David Pownall, added: "This is a very exiting time for everyone concerned with this project when the much-heralded plans start to become a reality. Already we have seen the single most massive transformation of a unique brownfield landscape within our two boroughs. "We are now in the position where probably the largest single regeneration site in the north west of England is now ripe for high quality and innovative development to create a sustainable urban village, where people will enjoy living, working and playing. Today's tree planting is an important milestone in the delivery of what I am sure will become a remarkable and admired regeneration project."

Among the properties to be built at Buckshaw Village will be the 'village street and market square', at its heart, including houses, apartments and shops in eclectic styles, covering a range of periods from the 17th to early 20th century. The aim is to replicate how an old, established village might have evolved over time and to reflect the growth of the village and its transition from agrarian to industrial. The first phases though will feature more contemporary parcels of detached and semi-detached houses, plus some apartments from both developers. Redrow is beginning with three and four-bedroom detached houses based on the floorplans of its popular Heritage Range, but re-elevated to create the impression of a traditional 1920s' streetscene. Barratt, meanwhile, will offer three, four and five-bedroom detached styles from its Premier Collection. The first homes should be ready for occupation by the end of the year.

Source Redrow PR

Redrow launch their Buckshaw Village and Matrix Park website - Feb 2003
Redrow Buckshaw Village Website | Redrow Matrix Park Website

 

 

Estates Review - Oct/Nov 2002
Urban Regeneration - Buckshaw village makes headway on two fronts
Two more milestones have been passed in the £400 million enterprise to redevelop the former Ordnance factory at Chorley into a major business park, new homes and leisure use. The first phase of remediated land has been handed over to the developers, Redrow and Barratt, and the initial stage of commercial development is under way. Remediation is already complete on about a third of the developable land within the 395 acre site and construction has started on the first phase of Matrix Park, comprising a speculative scheme of four detached industrial units providing a total floor space of 80,000 sq. ft. Work has also begun to create the infrastructure for a whole development, including roads, sewers, installation of gas, water and electricity, as well as landscaping.

The former Royal Ordnance factory is one of the largest brown field sites in the north-west and was acquired from BAE Systems, whose own environmental services company has been undertaking the clean-up. The multi-million remediation programmes should take about another 12 months to complete. Gordon Bulloch, general manager of BAE Systems Environmental Services said: “We're proud to be part of the team involved in the Buckshaw Village development that will bring back into beneficial use some 400 acres of regenerated land, invigorating the local economy and surrounding area. “This was an innovative approach to the sale of a brownfield site, in which BAE Systems not only sold the site in the Redrow-Barratt Consortium with the benefit of outline planning permission, but included a fixed price contract to remediate the site and provide the land from platform for redevelopment."

As well as launching their first speculative phase, Redrow Commercial and Barratt Commercial are also putting in place roads and infrastructure to service Matrix Park, while agents King Sturge and DTZ Debenham Tie Leung have been jointly appointed to market the site to potential business users. Iain Robertson, development manager for Redrow Commercial, says: “We're delighted that Buckshaw Village is beginning to take shape. The greatest strengths of the project are its scale, the opportunity to create a higher quality living and working environment and the location between two major motorways. The excellent communication links the site enjoys is certain to prove a major factor in companies deciding to base themselves here.”

Buckshaw Village lies adjacent to junction 28 of the M6 and close to junction 8 of the M61, just two miles from Chorley and Leyland and less than 30 miles from Manchester city centre. Matrix Park will cover an area of 80 acres, comprising industrial, warehousing and distribution, offices and leisure uses. In addition to residential development and commercial and industrial accommodation, Buckshaw Village will also include community and sporting facilities. There are proposals for a primary school, a railway station and a park and ride scheme, with development due to take place over the next 10-15 years.

Chorley Borough Council - Undated
"This huge (300 hectare plus) former ammunition factory is located mainly in Chorley Borough but is also partly located in South Ribble is being redeveloped with a mix of housing, employment and community uses. Most of this brownfield site is to become a new settlement - an urban village - with upwards of 1500 houses and employment and community uses. The urban village is to be called Buckshaw Village. Business proposals include a site for investment of regional significance, which is to be located adjacent to the urban village. There are plans to reopen the Royal Ordnance railway station and to provide road access through the site from Euxton Lane to Dawson Lane and the A49. Development progress: The two Borough Councils (Chorley & South Ribble) and Lancashire County Council have been working together since the early 1990's with the former site owners british Aerospace, and more recently with the site developers. A Masterplan was prepared by the consultants Cass Associates based on the findings of the initial feasibility studies into the site. The Masterplan guides the development of the urban village. Initial works have concentrated on clearing the various buildings and structures of the previous factory, along with ground remediation. The housing development is being led by a consortium of Redrow and Barratt Homes, who will be building at the same time, as separate plots are being made available for industrial, office and warehousing units. The whole site will take many years to complete."
New village planned for Chorley, The Move Channel - November 2001
."A former Royal Ordnance Factory is to be converted into a brand new £400 million village in Chorley, Lancashire. Put together by Cork Toft Partnerships, the masterplan for the 160 hectare site has been submitted by housebuilders Redrow and Barratt and it will now be considered by South Ribble and Chorley Borough Councils.
If granted full planning permission (outline planning permission was granted in 1999), the Buckshaw Village plan will see 1,700 new homes built over the next decade, along with sports facilities, a railway station, an urban park and a variety of commercial buildings. Work is expected to start next year, with the first units coming available as early as July."
Remedial Work, Builder & Engineer, - undated
"Some 160ha of a former BAE Systems munitions factory site near Chorley has been sold to Redrow Homes and Barratt Homes for redevelopment into housing and offices.
But before this development can take place, the site has to be cleared of any contamination and explosives in one of the country’s most extensive land remediation contracts.
BAE Systems Environmental Services is overseeing the remediation under contract to Redrow Homes. By linking the remediation contract to the sale, Redrow Homes has benefited from a fixed price for the work, and from employing a managing contractor with both a detailed knowledge of the site and experience in remediating other former explosives manufacturing sites. The first task was to carry out an extremely thorough site investigation to pinpoint danger areas. Extensive remediation of the site was then undertaken. This has included the decontamination and demolition of over 850 manufacturing, storage and administrative buildings covering 1.5 million sq ft. Methods used include a variety of hydraulic breakers and nibblers, including plant as large as 80 tonnes. Remedial earthwork has resulted in the relocation of 1.7 million cu m of material to remove any mislaid munitions components. Material removed that might pose a possible threat has been buried in an engineered and licensed containment landfill, constructed specifically for the project on an adjacent part of the site. This containment site is for contaminated soils only, and will not include toxic chemicals or industrial waste. All works are being managed in close liaison with Chorley Borough Council, South Ribble Borough Council, the Environment Agency and safety watchdog the Health & Safety Executive. The remedial works will be completed in three stages, with the first development scheduled to finish by the end of the year. Thanks to such work, the site is due to be made safe by early 2003. On completion, the site – once the largest munitions factory in Europe – will be named Buckshaw Village, and will consist of 49ha of housing and 47ha of commercial development. There will also be 64ha of newly established parkland, open space and roadways. Two historic listed buildings, which pre-date the construction of the factory, will be restored as part of the development."

Chairmans Statement (Robert Jones), Redrow - March 2001
"The combined residential and commercial expertise within the Group is of great strategic value as planners, nationally and locally, are placing increasing importance on mixed use schemes. Buckshaw Village in Lancashire, being developed in joint venture, represents a prime example. With a combined development value of approximately £400m, Buckshaw Village will provide a sustainable living and working environment. Such schemes complement Redrow Commercial's development programme and in the future are likely to represent a growing proportion of its workload."

UK-WIRE Redrow PLC - 30 November 2000
REDROW PLC ANNOUNCES £400M MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT AT BUCKSHAW VILLAGE, CHORLEY, LANCASHIRE
Redrow plc announces its involvement in the £400m mixed use Buckshaw Village scheme in Euxton, near Chorley, Lancashire.
The 395 acre site has been secured from BAE Systems and is one of the largest brownfield sites in the North West. It has an outline planning consent for 120 acres of residential development (approximately 1,500 dwellings) and 115 acres of commercial and industrial accommodation. Both elements of the scheme will be developed jointly with Barratt Developments plc. The site which was part of the Royal Ordnance facility at Chorley is currently being remediated for the joint developers by BAE Systems Properties Ltd.

Buckshaw Village will be a new community with excellent road and rail communications including provision of a new railway station. The site is close to both the M6 and M61 motorways and is less than 30 miles from Manchester.
The Commercial Property element will have an estimated development value of £170m and will include offices, warehouses and distribution facilities.

Paul Pedley, Chief Executive of Redrow plc, commented 'Redrow is extremely pleased to be involved in this substantial mixed use development utilising our skills in both our residential and commercial operations.
The site conforms to the Government's requirements for brownfield development and it will secure one of the major housing allocations in the North West as well as providing a major opportunity for the Group's Commercial Property
Division. We are delighted to have worked with BAE Systems on this project and look forward to maintaining this relationship into the future.'

 

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