Trammell Crow Company has received planning consent to develop a prime 19.4-acre logistics site at Merton Drive in Milton Keynes.
The project comprises three Grade A speculative logistics buildings totaling approximately 340,000 sq ft (31,587 sq m).
The three buildings will offer 221,000 sq ft (20,531 sq m), 71,000 sq ft (6,596 sq m) and 46,000 sq ft (4,273 sq m) of space, with building clear heights from 39 feet (12 m) to 49 feet (15 m). With the growing likelihood of electric vehicles (cars and lorries) and increased levels of automation and overall power demand, the proposed buildings provide increased load capacity on the roof to accommodate photovoltaic arrays and additional natural daylighting.
They also house transformers and primary electrical frameworks sized for increased electrical demand and reserves of power; have infrastructure suitable for electric vehicle charging; provide increased capacity of floor slabs for floor-standing mezzanines and pick-towers; and have the flexibility to accommodate various office configurations.
Construction is due to start in May 2022 with an expected completion date of spring 2023. The company is already on site as demolition consent was granted in December 2021. CBRE acted as the planning consultant on the project and Chetwoods as the architects.
Mike Forster, Head of UK Logistics at Trammell Crow Company, said: “Receiving our second planning consent in the UK and in 2022 is a major milestone and highlights the success of our active development programme in Europe. With record low vacancy rates at a regional and national level, we’re excited about the prospects for this exceptional site.”