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Work starts on largest industrial development in Didcot for 20 years

09:11 24 February in Environment, Energy & Infrastructure, News, Oxfordshire

Didcot Quarter, the largest industrial development in South Oxfordshire for over 20 years, has begun construction which speculatively will provide a total of 310,000 sqft of distribution and logistics space.

The construction of the first industrial unit, known at DQ 190 which will cover 190,000 sqft is underway. Initially, the unit was available on a build-to-suit basis, but due to high demand and a low supply of new development, developers decided to proceed speculatively.

A further industrial unit, which will total 120,00 sqft, known as DQ 120 will offer similar facilitates is currently being developed also.

To cater for the local areas focus towards the technology market, developers have placed special emphasis on creating an environment that promotes the health and wellbeing of employees and will therefore include five acres of natural landscaping featuring native trees and flowers. Other features will also include a boardwalk and grass amphitheatre with a waterside setting, whilst the buildings themselves have been designed to be highly sustainable. For example, approximately 10% of energy will be generated on site through solar panels and air source heat pumps and a rainwater harvesting system will also be installed. The development will also feature a new bus stop and cycle path to promote sustainable methods of transport to the buildings.

“A development of this type and quality has not been developed before in the South Oxford area and we anticipate the buildings will appeal to some of the fast growing technology businesses as well as the more traditional industrial businesses, and potentially bringing significant further inward investment to the area.

“Didcot Quarter will really offer something different to traditional industrial space. These units have been designed to a very high specification and will be set in a fantastic environment which will directly benefit employees.

“Didcot is a thriving, expanding town offering a ready-made workforce for employees while the site offers excellent access to major conurbations, industrial centres and the south coast ports by road and through the nearby train station.”

Tom Barton, Director at VSL

 

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