European supply chain infrastructure specialist Blackbrook has started work on the development of two logistics facilities offering a total of 450,000 sq ft (42,000 m2) of space immediately south of the city of Birmingham in the UK.
Located close to the M40, M6 and M1 motorways, the assets are designed to appeal to a broad range of occupiers, with 5T floor load capacities and 15m clear heights.
Blackbrook said a standout feature of the properties is their access to ‘exceptionally high power supplies’, offering occupiers the possibility of more than six times the current institutional standard.
Upon completion in Q4 2023, both units are expected to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating. The developments are targeting net zero carbon operations with an energy performance certificate rating of ‘A’ including photovoltaics.
Jon Strang, managing director of Blackbrook, said: ‘With the onset of automated warehouses and electric vehicles, power requirements of the average warehouse occupier have doubled in the last five years. However, sites in the UK with high power capacity are few and far between. We’re delighted to be bringing to the market two new Class-A facilities that will cater for this growing demand, all while ensuring they are being built to the highest level of sustainability standards.’
Arvi Luoma, co-founder and CEO of Blackbrook, added: 'Combined with their rare power supply specifications and future-proof ESG credentials, these two assets directly address what continue to be in highest demand from occupiers. Furthermore, they benefit from being delivered in short order in the face of prevailing cost uncertainty.'
Blackbrook recently announced a series of investments in the UK logistics market, including a facility in Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire.