Significant employment and economic benefits predicted as a result of new Leighton Buzzard industrial site

The first phase of Ascent Logistics Park development is set for completion in the fourth quarter of 2021

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 10:17 am
Updated Thursday, 6th May 2021, 10:18 am

Real estate investor and developer, Firethorn Trust, has broken ground at Ascent Logistics Park, a 25.5-acre industrial development on the edge of Leighton Buzzard.

The net-zero scheme is designed to attract a diverse range of occupiers, provide a boost to the local jobs market and bring economic benefits to the wider region. The site will offer Grade A logistics accommodation across eight units, ranging from 14,140 to 123,490sqft.

The first phase of development is set for completion in the fourth quarter of 2021, and is being delivered by Winvic Construction Ltd. Accredited by the UK Green Building Council for its net-zero carbon construction, the scheme’s design features LED lighting to offices, electric vehicle charging points and solar power generation, in addition to generous outdoor spaces and modern welfare facilities, which look to promote a healthy working lifestyle.

L-R: Councillor Mark Liddiard (Central Bedfordshire Council); Paul Martin, Development Director, Chris Webb, Partner (Firethorn Trust); Danny Nelson, Director of Industrial Distribution & Logistics, Richard Reid, Project Manager, Lee Thornton, Operations Manager (Winvic Construction Ltd).

Chris Webb, Partner, Firethorn Trust said: “This is a milestone step for Firethorn, as we look to respond to the urgent market demand for high-quality, modern logistics warehousing in strategic locations across the UK.

“Ascent is an ambitious development, designed for the future with sustainability and employee wellbeing in mind. The scheme’s proximity to the newly established link road will provide enhanced connectivity across the country’s growing industrial market, while providing occupiers with a sustainable infrastructure that will support their immediate operational needs as well as future market requirements.”

Kate McFarlane, assistant director of business and investment at Central Bedfordshire Council, added: “The delivery of Ascent Logistics Park will bring significant employment and economic benefits to the region, which continues to cement its place as a prime location for the logistics sector.”

Danny Nelson, Winvic’s director of industrial, distribution and logistics, said: “With the ground officially now broken at Ascent Logistics Park, we’re very much focusing on delivering this net zero scheme safely, swiftly and to the elevated standards Winvic is known for. Firethorn Trust has put its faith in our team and in return we will be aiming to exceed its expectations every step of the way.”

Ascent Logistics Park is strategically located off Leighton Road. All enquiries should be directed to the scheme’s retained agents, Knight Frank and Brasier Freeth.