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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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Crawley business wins prestigious Queen’s Enterprise Award

Crawley MP Henry Smith has welcomed the announcement that Inspiration Healthcare Group in Crawley has received an award for international trade, as part of more than 200 businesses having been honoured with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

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Those businesses were selected for their entrepreneurship, and local company Inspiration Healthcare Group is an example of Crawley’s entrepreneurial spirit.

Henry said;

“I’m delighted that Inspiration Healthcare Group has been recognised by the Queen with such a prestigious award.

“This is just one example of a company in Crawley making a huge contribution not just to our local area, but as an innovative and talented business to our growing economy.

“It’s right that the Government are working hard to create the best possible environment to start and grow businesses, and I’m delighted that we’re seeing recognition for existing firms here in Crawley.”

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, commented;

“We know that the UK is the best place to start and grow a business, which we will build on through our modern Industrial Strategy. These awards recognise great British success stories that are the face of this achievement, and I’m proud that so many small businesses are being celebrated by receiving a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.”

Three quarters of this year’s winners are small and medium sized businesses, demonstrating that the UK is one of the best places in the world to start and grow a business.

In addition to existing Government support; through the modern Industrial Strategy enhanced backing will be provided, including:

  • Investing £7 billion through the modern Industrial Strategy in new public funding for research and innovation – the largest ever increase.
  • Helping small businesses access the finance they need – since it was established, the British Business Bank has provided support worth £5.9 billion of finance to over 82,000 smaller businesses across the country.
  • Providing small businesses with £200 million to grow and scale-up their operations.
  • Providing a £31 million package of support for small businesses helping them to grow and reach their full potential.
  • Legislating to make it easier for small businesses to access invoice finance, providing a £1 billion long-term boost to the economy.
  • Cutting business rates for small retailers by a third for two years – saving 90 per cent of all shops, pubs and restaurants up to £8,000.

The winners will receive these prestigious awards at a Buckingham Palace reception, where their contribution to the UK economy will be celebrated. These awards recognise businesses for their contribution in four categories, with winners including:

  • 129 International Trade winners
  • 61 Innovation winners
  • Six Sustainable Development winners
  • Five Promoting Opportunity winners

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