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The 70 acres of parkland at Cheadle Royal, just outside Manchester, is home to badgers, geese, squirrels, foxes, owls, fish and a pair of mating swans. But Cheadle Royal is no nature reserve or wildlife sanctuary; rather it is one of the North West’s leading business parks, operated by Muse Developments and home to some of the world’s leading brands. Muse has had a long-standing involvement at Cheadle Royal. It was appointed in 1994 by the trustees of the Cheadle Royal Hospital to develop an area of unused land adjacent to the hospital. Now home to over 30 companies and over 2,000 employees, Cheadle Royal business park is regarded as one of the most successful in the North West, and has attracted an impressive portfolio of occupiers.
The development of Cheadle Royal has been rooted in an understanding of occupiers’ needs. It provides functional buildings, as well as a relaxed environment to help bring the best out of everyone who works there. Unlike some business parks, Cheadle Royal provides a range of amenities and everyday facilities. Within the park there is a health club, hotel, restaurants and a creche, as well as extensive rural footpaths, jogging routes and lakeside resting places. In 2009, Muse opened up the gates of Cheadle Royal to nearly 100 local children aged between three and four years, as part of its commitment to raise community awareness of the park’s wildlife. Helped by the Cheshire Wildlife Trust (of which Muse is a corporate member), the children enjoyed a range of fun-filled nature activities such as wildlife-themed ‘I spy’, bark rubbing, scavenger hunts and environmental games. Each activity was designed to be both educational and allow the children to appreciate the park’s wildlife and surroundings.
Improving The Environment
Cheadle Royal is a low density business park, with its contemporary office buildings situated within a beautiful natural habitat. The landscaping has been carefully developed to complement the natural landscape. The lake and extensive areas of landscaping and woodland provide habitats for a variety of wildlife, and are all managed by the on-site park ranger. Existing hedgerows and mature trees are used to delineate many of the plot boundaries. Attention has been paid to ensuring existing wildlife habitats are maintained and many new ones have been created. The park benefits from a number of planning consents and Muse has complied with all requirements for the development that has taken place on site to date. The undeveloped land has the benefit of the original outline planning application which provides for further high quality office development.
Working Together With Our Supply Chain
Muse has a development agreement with the landowner (the Trustees of Cheadle Royal Hospital) which receives land value at the start of each phase based upon a development appraisal with pre-determined profit assumptions based upon the development risk that Muse is taking.
In 2009, Muse Developments and Miele, the renowned German manufacturer of high quality domestic appliances, were granted planning permission for the the Miele Experience Centre, a state-of-the-art, contemporary office in addition to a training and demonstration facility for Miele staff, engineers, authorised dealers and end users. It marks the continued growth and development of Cheadle Royal, which is already home to international brands such as Nike, Capita and DeVere.
"Cheadle Royal is a pioneering business park that offers companies a unique environment to work in... The park is also an integral part of the local community and, by teaming up with the Cheshire Wildlife Trust, it’s given us the perfect opportunity to put something back into the community."Wes Erlam
Development surveyor, Muse Developments