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GMI Wins Brief To Delivery £32.9m Logistics Park

Construction group GMI has been awarded the contract to deliver a 400,000 sq ft warehousing and logistics hub in south Birmingham.

The scheme, to be called ‘Urban 8 Logistics Park’, will be built on the former Pilkington Automotive and GKN Aerospace sites in Kings Norton.

The £32.9 million development will feature eight, energy-efficient units ranging from 25,000 sq ft to 70,000 sq ft.

The new park is being developed by Tristan Capital Partners and Canmoor, in partnership with Henley regeneration specialist St Francis Group and could create 900 jobs at the 29-acre brownfield site, off Eckersall Road.

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In 2019, engineering group GKN Aerospace announced the phased closure of its Kings Norton factory which produced high-performance windscreens and windows for civilian and military aircraft, with work transferring to other sites.

Glass manufacturer Pilkington Automotive consolidated its operations into a larger warehouse in nearby Redditch.

Birmingham City Council granted full planning permission in 2021 and the site was cleared.

Gareth Jones, GMI Construction’s Midlands managing director, said: “We are pleased to have been appointed principal contractor for this high-profile scheme, one that will support investment and create jobs by providing much-needed logistics and manufacturing space.

“GMI has a proven track record of delivering large, high-specification industrial units across the Midlands and we look forward to delivering another high-quality development that will meet market demand.”

Ben Reaney, project development lead at St Francis Group, added: “This warehousing and logistics hub is already keenly anticipated due to its prime location and mix of mid box units.”

The development is due to be completed in late 2024.

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