- RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS
Lingley Mere is an established business park in a nationally recognised strategic North West location. The park currently provides over 450,000 sq ft of existing business space within a secure environment and extends across some 100 acres of open parkland. The park is to be redeveloped to provide 1.25 million sq ft of business space and related amenity facilities within an outstanding landscaped environment. The phased programme of development will provide officespace and bespoke commercial and leisure facilities to occupiers’ specific requirements. A range of buildingsizes will be provided for sale or let. The Business Park will be developoed over a period of 15 years, since commencement in 2006. To date, three phases of development on the Business Park have been completed for and including client’s such as United Utilities, Wates, EFG Furniture and DCLG.
Lingley Mere Business Park provides an excellent operational environment within a well planned and managed parkland setting. Over 3,000 people already enjoy working at the park. Over half of these live locally within the Warrington postcode area, emphasising the convenience of the location and its close proximity to an extensive labour pool. There are plans to complement the children’s nursery facilities, and to provide a coffee bar and delicatessen for the benefit of all occupiers. The introduction of these further recreational and support facilitiesis consistent with the aim to createa truly sustainable mixed-use environment for today’s businesses that will provide a pleasant and enjoyable work experience for all.
Improving The Environment
The existing landscape of Lingley Mere has distinct characteristics, with mature native woodland along the western boundary, extensively planned and managed landscaping around the existing buildings and open grassland across the eastern sector. The park provides a range of habitats supporting a cross section of wildlife and nature plant species. The master plan for development takes account of these existing natural features and wildlife, whilst realising the potential to add to the biodiversity of the landscape.
Sustainable travel is an important component of the development. Various sustainable travel options are available to help avoid the need forstaff to drive to work:
Every Lingley Mere Business Park employee is able to access a bespoke Travel Share scheme. The system allows employees in registered companies to securely and easily find other people to car share with;
A free shuttle bus service is provided for all employees on the Business Park, scheduled to integrate as far as possible with important bus and rail departure times;
Lingley Mere is served by several cycle routes leading from the surrounding Warrington area.Within the site, cycle routes are being introduced and all new buildings will provide secure cycle racks and shower facilities. The Travel Share scheme also includesa cycle ‘buddy’ option for those who wish to cycle to work with other park employees.
Pedestrian access to Lingley Mere was a key consideration during the master planning process. As such, the existing paths and crossings within the park are being improved and increased with additional paths also being constructed aroundkey amenity areas, such as thetwo park lakes. Walking to work is an excellent way to both keep fit and help reduce traffic thereby helping the environment. Lingley Mere is committed to encouraging and promoting walking to work. People who live within 1.5 miles of the park are encouraged to walk. The Travel Share scheme includesa walk ‘buddy’ option should you wish to link up with other likeminded park employees.
Working Together With Our Supply Chain
The Clearwater phase of development has been completed, and all four units have been let and sold. Detailed planning permission for a fifth building on this phase has been obtained, and this building is available for let or sale. Plans are also being developed for the next phase of development, Constance, which will be located adjacent to the new NW Regional Fire Control Centre. Additionally, a new 55,000 sq. ft. Grade A office building was completed in 2009 and is now fully occupied and sold.
"United Utilities’ decision to locate its shared service centre at Lingley Mere represents another vote of confidencein the business park. As one of region’s major employers it is a welcome addition to the growing number of businesses choosing to locate at the park."Phil Mayall
Senior Development Surveyorat Muse Developments