£50m Burnley Bridge Business Park opens with 1,400 jobs in the pipeline
Burnley Bridge Business Park, the 70-acre employment site near Junction 9 of the M65, has been opened for business.It is estimated that 1,400 new and sustainable jobs will be created for the region once the park is full.
The bridge and access road across the Leeds-Liverpool canal, which links the £50m business park to the motorway, are now under construction and will be completed this year. This will give direct motorway access to the site, which is on the outskirts of Burnley.As well as the infrastructure going in, Phase 1 will also consist of a 61,500 sq ft warehouse building is being comprehensively refurbished, providing a superb base for a logistics or industrial occupier, and 29,000 sq ft of speculative new units are being built.
The warehouse is being stripped back to its steel frame and then reclad to satisfy the requirements of the 21st century. The speculative industrial units are being built in two blocks, with sizes ranging from 3,000 sq ft to 19,000 sq ft.The project has been kick-started by an ERDF grant of £3.85 million to Eshton, the developers of the site.
MP Gordon Birtwistle, who opened the business park, said: “This comes at a time when further investment in Burnley will see improved links to Manchester in the form of the Todmorden Curve and a new aerospace hub at the BAE site in Samlesbury. “I hope that the businesses which move to the business park are able to benefit from, and link into, the other new projects in the area. This is an exciting time for Burnley and 1,400 new jobs will be a great boost for the town.”