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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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£2.2m redevelopment of Crawley town centre set for completion by Autumn

The regeneration of Queensway, The Pavement and Kingsgate, is progressing on time and on budget according to the council.

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Cllr Roger Elkins and Cllr Peter Smith

The £2.2m scheme is part of the Crawley Growth Programme, funded by Crawley Borough Council, West Sussex County Council, and the Local Growth Fund through the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.

Blakedown Landscapes, who built the Queens Square, started on site in January, installing new paving along Queensway and The Pavement, and new benches and trees throughout both areas.

Work is currently underway outside Marks and Spencer and will move up towards Kingsgate over the coming weeks. The project is on time to complete in the autumn.

Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith, said:

“It is great to see the project taking shape and the completed areas look fantastic and I thank the public and businesses for their patience while the work is completed.

“Once the development is finished, I am confident that the scheme will build on the success of Queens Square where we have seen around £30m private sector investment in the surrounding properties, including bringing a number of vacant units back into use.

“I look forward to seeing the end result.”

Continuing this, Councillor Roger Elkins, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “I am delighted to see the Queensway, Pavement and Kingsway scheme progressing to time and on budget.

“This is yet another exciting success story from the Crawley Growth Programme – showing what collaboration and partnership working can achieve to support regeneration.

“The scheme clearly complements and builds on the success of the Queens Square project and I look forward to its completion later this year.”

Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive at Coast to Capital said:

“We are thrilled to see such fantastic progress with the Crawley Growth Programme and look forward to seeing the regeneration of Queensway come to fruition.”

All business in the area will remain open while the remainder of the works are carried out. For more information about the project and regular progress reports, please visit www.regeneratingcrawley.org.uk/queensway

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