Northern Powerhouse Projects

Middlewood Locks, Salford

Joint Venture with Metro Holdings of Singapore and Hualing Group of PRC (People’s Republic of China).


Situated in Salford on the western edge of Manchester City Centre, Middlewood Locks will see the creation of a new mixed use community within walking distance of the Central Business District and with it the amenities provided by the UK’s leading regional City. Our 24.5 acre cleared site has planning consent for some 2.5 million sq ft of residential and mixed use development including 2,215 new homes and 900,000 sq ft of commercial space, incorporating offices, a hotel, and retail and leisure uses. Middlewood Locks will also benefit from an attractive remediated canal basin as a central landscaping feature of the community, establishing high quality living space with a waterfront park and an extensive range of modern facilities to benefit residents and commercial occupiers alike.  The construction of the first phase of 571 apartments is currently on-site with Practical Completion of the first apartments expected in June 2018.


Detailed planning consent for the second phase of residential development comprising 546 apartments was granted in December 2016.


Alongside our two established Partners – Metro Holdings and Hualing Group – we also have Beijing Construction and Engineering Group International as our main contractor with whom we are hoping to work with on our joint venture for the next five to seven years.


Together with the implementation of our new homes at Middlewood Locks, we are now actively progressing the staged development of commercial space with a view to commencing the first office project during 2017. 


Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park

Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park (SOLP) is an economic development project on a nationally significant scale, comprising the regeneration of up to 200 acres of the Lower Don Valley industrial area in Sheffield, close to the Meadowhall Shopping Centre and the M1, and a short distance from the City Centre.SOLP will be established as a modern research and business park dedicated to companies and other organisations in the health, wellbeing, sport and activity sectors. It sets out to capitalise on the existing sports and health related institutions in the area, providing a focused working and social environment to help growing businesses in this field, and to maximise their commercial prospects.

Thorpe Park, Leeds

Joint Venture with Legal and General

Thorpe Park, Leeds is an established award winning Business Park with a working population at the moment of around 4,500 people. The next stage of the development will build upon the Estate’s strong foundation, adding to the existing 800,000 sq ft of space, a further 1.35 million sq ft of mixed use accommodation and 300 homes, to create one of the largest and most diverse out of town business locations in the UK.


Thorpe Park’s 300 acres will, when finally completed, comprise an unrivalled mix of business and supporting amenity uses, including 110 acres of Green Park and public realm areas in an outstanding and well connected location. The Estate sits at the heart of the City Region’s most significant growth area and will bring even greater diversity to Leeds’ offer to the local and national business community. This major city extension is to be served by the construction of the East Leeds Orbital Road (ELOR), a new dual carriageway connection to the M1 via our Estate. An extensive area to the north of Thorpe Park has been allocated for housing use to produce up to 7,000 new homes. Thus, this is the largest single area of housing proposed within the total allocation for East Leeds which stands at 11,000 new homes.


Planning consent has been granted for 940,073 sq ft of offices, 193,752 sq ft of retail, 105,207 sq ft of leisure (incorporating a cinema, cafes, restaurants and other leisure uses), 91,236 sq ft of hotels and healthcare/childcare facilities, 24,650 sq ft for health and fitness amenities, and 300 homes on the second phase of the Estate.


Key to Thorpe Park’s success is having a progressive plan for delivering ease of commuting through effective and varied transport modes, and a managed transport planning strategy. The Estate’s prominent position adjacent to the M1 at junction 46 provides immediate access to the local and national road network. The new ELOR will bring greater connection to the East Leeds community and the City, with established bus routes providing a service every 15 minutes into the centre of Leeds. Thorpe Park is being considered as the location for a proposed new Rail Halt – “East Leeds Parkway” – and associated Park and Ride facility. Present onsite activities include development platform earthworks involving mining legacy remediation. Highway design is on programme incorporating the new Rail Bridge and alterations to junction 46 plus key gas and electricity diversion works. Coincidentally we have recently completed construction of the first of the new premium specification offices, Building 3175 ‘Paradigm’, which became available for occupation in November 2016 offering 31,650 sq ft and over 100 parking spaces.


Pre-development activities for our major Retail and Leisure Park have already seen formal Agreements for Lease exchanged with Next, M&S Simply Foods and Outfit. Heads of Terms are in place with a variety of other nationally known organisations for retail, cinema, restaurants, coffee shops and other leisure uses.


A contract to conclude the sale at an attractive price of the Estate’s residential land for 300 homes to national housebuilder Redrow Homes was exchanged early 2016.


Next phase: 1.35 million sq ft mixed use accommodation and 300 homes.

Sheffield DC

Joint Venture with Metro Holdings of Singapore

Sheffield DC is already recognised as the City’s most iconic office location, unquestionably one of the prime Northern Powerhouse developments. DC is located not just within a stone’s throw away from the City Centre, but also opposite the railway station and adjoining the bus terminus connecting within seconds to the Parkway which in turn links in to the M1 and other national motorway routes.


In past years we have developed at DC, ‘Electric Works’ and ‘Ventana House’, both of which are fully occupied, and more recently completed Acero. Acero is 80,000 sq ft of the highest quality accommodation and is now ready for occupation. We are confident that this Grade A,  six storey office buidling will secure prime occupiers duringthis year, and thus we are planning the final phase of ‘Vidrio’ which will be an eight storey, 51,000 sq ft building where enabling and substructure works have already been undertaken.

The Mills, Congleton

Scarborough Development Group and Investec 


The Mills is prominently located at the centre of Congleton Town Centre and will see an under-utilised site redeveloped into modern retail space.


Grand Approach, Wigan

Scarborough Development Group and Investec 


In recent times we have reconsidered SDG’s proposals for the development of the land situated alongside the Grand Arcade Shopping complex.

Wigan is seen as an excellent location with ease of access to travel by road or rail to other areas of Greater Manchester as well as Liverpool.