Logistics North, Bolton

Harworth Estates appointed RPS as design guardians and master planning architects, as well as project managers and cost consultants for the Logistics North distribution park in 2013. Logistics North is the North West’s largest live logistics and manufacturing development comprising 4 millionft2 of employment space across 250 acres with direct access to Junction 4 of the M61.

Following the successful outline planning application for the distribution park and adjacent country park, RPS was appointed as Architects and Civil and Structural Engineers for the first two distribution buildings on the park, Plots A6a and A6b.

Being a former colliery site, the design of the buildings posed a number of challenges including existing mine shafts, ground conditions and an ecological corridor which runs through the site. The brief for the buildings from Harworth Estates, was for two prime Grade ‘A’ logistics buildings, designed to institutional standards in order to tackle the limited existing supply of units in the region.

RPS designed the speculative buildings to set the standard for the park, to sit alongside each other aesthetically, and be flexible to accommodate a number of potential end users. Unit A6a sits alongside the A6 / M61 and is the gateway building to the site. Both buildings are 12.5m to underside of haunch and provide single sided docking yards, institutional warehouse space and offices that provide maximum flexibility.

Both units were constructed under the same contract in two phases and were completed in 2016. Plot A6a is now fully occupied by parcel distribution specialist Whistl.

Following on from the success of plots A6a and A6b, RPS have been appointed by Harworth Estates to design a further development of smaller units on the park ranging in size from 20,000ft2 up to 150,000ft2.