Cudd Bentley partners with LCP and Oxford Properties on West Midlands Interchange
Cudd Bentley is proud to announce we have been appointed by LCP and Oxford Properties Group to deliver mechanical, electrical, public health and sustainability services for the West Midlands Interchange project. This will be the largest UK logistics development site servicing the West Midlands, Birmingham, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, and the Black Country but will have a UK-wide benefit. As well as enabling the region’s logistics industry to grow, 8500 jobs will be created boosting employment opportunities for local people.
Meeting sustainable engineering requirements
The construction of 8M sq ft of prime industrial space on a 734-acre site will be delivered in 5 phases over a ten-year period. The development shall include rail freight and significant infrastructure improvements to the A5/A449. In terms of our contribution to the project, we have been charged with meeting sustainability targets including:
- Net Zero Carbon
- BREEAM Excellent
- LEED Platinum
- Renewables such as Photovoltaics & ASHP
- EPC A+
Rhys Davies commented:
“Cudd Bentley is delighted to announce our collaboration with this esteemed team to bring forward a ‘best in class’ development for LCP and Oxford Properties. Our integral role encompasses M&E and Sustainability Consulting, which is underpinned by our extensive expertise within the sector.”
Fast reliable transport links
The West Midlands has a strong, industrial, and manufacturing base and long-term success depends heavily on fast and reliable transport links. The West Midlands Interchange project also supports the government’s long-term aim to remove transportation from roads to rail reducing carbon emissions and improving business efficiencies. Rail freight produces 76% less carbon dioxide and dramatically reduces particulate emissions compared to road freight. Easing congestion not just in this region but nationally is a huge benefit.
The location has been selected due to its proximity to the important transport routes of the M6 and the West Coast mainland. The strategic positioning of the interchange and its access to the UK roads and rail networks present a prime opportunity for logistics. pressures on the supply chain have a critical economic impact on businesses, and the interchange will meet the demands of modern organisations and offer benefits for the local community with the creation of jobs.
Environmental considerations for the local community
Whilst the project will positively impact the job market and inject £430 M into the local economy, it has also been conceived with the surrounding environment at its centre. The overall goal of the interchange has people at its heart, and the design is also aimed at improving the lives of the community. As part of the project, it will create 109 acres of community park with additional planting of woodland, plus walking and cycle paths included. Therefore, whilst its aim is to offer state-of-the-art work units, there is a commitment to the environment that will heavily feature as part of this project.