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Construction begins on multi-million pound industrial site next to Gatwick

Construction of a multi-million pound speculative development of five warehouse units near Gatwick Airport in Surrey is underway, leading construction contractor MCS Group announced today.

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An artist's impression of the development near Gatwick Airport in Surrey.

London-based property development company Goya Developments is the development and project manager on the scheme, which is being developed by Hillwood Properties – one of the biggest industrial real estate developers in the US.

Hillwood has appointed MCS Group to deliver the five units – a total of around 168,000 sq ft of accommodation – in a £9 million construction contract.

The development is on the 7.7-acre site of the former Philips Research laboratories at Cross Oaks Lane, Salfords, Redhill, near the Thameslink railway line.

Construction has started on site and West Midlands-based MCS Group has completed extensive ground remediation in the form of innovative rapid impact compaction and soil stabilisation. 

A complex SUDs (sustainable urban drainage) system will be installed, said group construction director James Currie. Extensive and detailed S278 works to the highway will also be completed when forming the new site entrance. 

MCS Group has completed two similar schemes working with Goya, at Egham and Woking. 

James Currie said:

“This is a very high quality development of five industrial units in what is an excellent location, just a short distance from Gatwick Airport and the M23 motorway. We are, of course, excited to be working alongside Goya Developments who have gained a reputation as one of the leading speculative developers of warehouse space.

“We’ve made a great start in preparing the site and work is progressing as expected, with practical completion scheduled for mid-October.”

MCS Group is currently constructing warehouse and distribution units at sites across the UK and has in the past 12 months won contracts in Kettering, Lutterworth, and Hatfield. The company has built and refurbished more than 300 car dealerships including Audi, BMW, Mclaren and Jaguar Land Rover since its inception in 2003.

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Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park

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Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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