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Construction starts on Orbit’s new Knowsley distribution centre

Construction work is underway on Orbit Developments’ new distribution scheme in Knowsley.

The development, which will be built over two phases at Academy Business Park, will provide 220,000 sq ft of industrial space when complete.

The speculatively-built distribution centre will have an initial first phase (pictured) of 110,000 sq ft which will consist of 100,000 sq ft warehouse space and 10,000 sq ft of ground and first floor office accommodation.

That first phase of development is now under construction adjacent to Liverpool Football Club Training Academy and within close proximity to other national operators such as Amazon, QVC and Matalan.

Dennis Dwyer, Orbit Developments divisional director for Merseyside, says: “We have had a very encouraging year with regard to our industrial and warehousing portfolio with just under half a million sq ft let at our scheme M58 Distribution Centre in Skelmersdale and some significant trade counter lettings at Aintree Racecourse Retail and Business Park.

“This confidence in the market and a lack of quality new build accommodation has provided the impetus to press on with this first phase of development at Academy Business Park to satisfy demand within the North West”

Joint agents for the scheme are CBRE and B8 Real Estate.