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Site clearance, reclamation and development

Estates Review - Oct 2002 - Buckshaw Village Progress Report
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.

Urban water environmental management
Buckshaw Village Chorley - SUDS Drainage Strategy Report WW1134

Completed by the University of Abertay Dundee for The Landscape Trust, August 2000

REPORT OBJECTIVES: The planned village of Buckshaw involves a complete redevelopment of the former Royal Ordnance munitions factory at Chorley. The purpose of this document is to set out a surface water drainage strategy for this site on the basis that the former drainage will be removed and replaced in its entirety. In developing the strategy, the opportunity may be taken to incorporate features of Sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) which achieve the fundamental functions of SUDS drainage systems:

1 Provide the level of flood protection required by the Environment Agency
2. Maximise the amenity and habitat value of the built areas within the development.
3. Deliver a surface water drainage system at a educed cost when compared with a conventional drainage system
4. Enable ready identification of sources of pollution, particularly within commercial development areas.

[We have been requested to point out that the report linked below has nothing to do with the Buckshaw Village Consortium and has not been formally accepted by Redrow or Barratts]

Click Here for the Full Report

Gilmerton Land Services
Gilmerton land Services
"The Royal Ordnance Factory at Chorley was opened by HM George VI on 31st March 1939 and until 1990 produced explosives and filled bombs. The factory was hailed the finest civil building construction in the World, employing 15,000 building workers to complete it and requiring 20 million bricks, 1 million cubic yards of concrete (which required the World's largest concrete mixer 120' high and turning out 5,000 tons of concrete in one day) , 50 miles of roads and 25 miles of railway tracks.

In 1998 British Aerospace started a major decontamination and demolition programme. Gilmerton Land Services were chosen to specifically remove all disused underground services and decommission 14 major substations. GLS's requirement was to recover 100 miles of disused power cables and water mains within this programme and the necessity to identify and retain live services within the site was of utmost importance. GLS successfully carried this out, leaving the site infrastructually tidy under the ground. GLS segregated and marketed several thousand tons of recovered material."

Redrow - Buckshaw Village and Matrix Business Park
Buckshaw Village is a visionary scheme from award winning property developers Redrow plc and Barratt Developments plc, representing a £400m investment to create a new sustainable community in the heart of Lancashire. The 395 acre site at junction 28 of the M6, near Chorley, will feature an exciting combination of up to 2,000 new homes, plus employment, shopping and leisure facilities - creating a highly desirable living environment. The development of Buckshaw Village - one of the largest brownfield initiatives ever undertaken in the North West - will also generate important employment opportunities for the area, with a promise of around 5,900 new jobs. This project is based on the principles of 'sustainable development' - recycling derelict industrial land rather than developing a greenfield site, encouraging alternatives to the private car and reducing the need for long distance commuting. Work began in 2001 on what is estimated to be a 10 - 15 year project. The first commercial properties are due to be available from January 2003.

What is Buckshaw Village?
Set in the midst of attractive countryside, the settlement is located just two miles from Chorley and less than 30 miles from Manchester. Buckshaw Village benefits from excellent road and rail connections, lying between the M6 and M61 motorways with a direct connection to junction 28 of the M6 and junction 8 of the M61 and with easy access to the M55, M65 and M62. A new railway station at Buckshaw Village will serve the Preston - Manchester (and Manchester Airport) line.

History of Buckshaw Village
Originally agricultural land, the site was built in 1939 to accommodate a Royal Ordnance Factory, where more than 30,000 people were employed to assemble munitions from World War 2 onwards.

Commercial Opportunities at Buckshaw Village
With more than 115 acres of land allocated for commercial development, Buckshaw Village presents an attractive option for employment, shopping, leisure and commercial uses. The North West Business Area, branded as 'Matrix Park', comprises 81 acres and will be developed into a high quality business park environment. The site has potential to cater for some 1.2m sq.ft. of new floorspace and includes uses such as production, warehousing and distribution, offices, light industrial and leisure, which could include a quality hotel facility.
The consortium are proposing to bring forward a first phase of speculative development. This will involve creating the first phase of infrastructure and construction of four new detached production units totalling some 86,000 sq.ft. Planning consent was granted in early 2002.
The greatest strengths of the Buckshaw Village site are the scale of the scheme, the opportunity to create a high quality living and working environment and the location between the two major motorways. The opportunity on the employment site is to offer a greater flexibility for the procurement of new buildings and the high quality living environment will be the key to securing occupiers. There is also potential for small-scale commercial uses within the village itself, such as newsagents, small convenience store, doctor's surgery, etc. catering for local demand. Proposals for the southern commercial sector include a mix of uses such as residential, offices and shopping, planned around the new station and park and ride facility.
Enterprises in this area will benefit from the existing commercial environment south of the railway line and this includes existing occupiers such as BAE, CSC Computer Systems and Runshaw College.

To download arial pictures of the site or a land use masterplan visit the Redrow website CLICK HERE

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