A NEW soft drinks factory with associated warehousing and offices is on the way for the Magna Park development in Milton Keynes.
The new 265,000 sq-ft base for Irn-Bru, Tizer and Rubicon-maker AG Barr plc is expected to boost local employment by creating more than 100 new jobs.
The Magna Park development site covers 210 acres, with planning consent for 4.4 million sq-ft, and is managed by logistics warehouses and distribution parks developer Gazeley. The park is already occupied by the major brands John Lewis and River Island.
Andrew Memmott, operations director at AG Barr plc, said: “We are very pleased to be partnering with Gazeley on this major project at one of the UK’s leading warehouse and distribution parks. Value for money, combined with Gazeley’s expertise and certainty of delivery, gives us the confidence that this partnership will be a successful investment.”
Work is due to commence soon on site and the building will be completed in just over four months. AG Barr’s fit out will take place after that.
The build to suit project will be AG Barr’s largest investment in warehousing space, south of Scotland, to date.
Gazeley says the deal was secured as a result of the strategic location of Magna Park Milton Keynes, with easy and quick access to the M1, as well as Gazeley’s track record in understanding individual customer requirements and delivering large scale buildings on time and on budget.
Alex Verbeek, UK Country Director at Gazeley, said: “Our first promise to our customers is to help them to grow their businesses safely. For every customer we work with we strive to break new ground in quality of service, speed of delivery and flexibility in our approach. This transaction with AG Barr is testament to the commitment we make to provide our customers with excellent service and solutions that are tailored to their needs.”
Gerald Eve acts for AG Barr. Gazeley is represented by Jones Lang LaSalle, Savills and Burbage Realty.