Second phase of work starts at Bedford Commercial Park

The industrial and warehouse space will be available for use from autumn

Ground has been broken on the 250,000 sq ft of distribution and logistics space at Bedford Commercial Park.

Adjacent to the A421, the mixed-use development consists of 130,000 sq ft, 50,000 sq ft, 40,000 sq ft and 30,000 sq ft units.

And Goodman plans to deliver the prime industrial and warehouse space available for use from autumn this year.

Bedford Commercial Park

Work on the latest units follows Goodman’s completion and leasing of Bedford 405, a 407,143 sq ft cross-docked warehouse at Bedford Commercial Park.

Delivered as a joint venture with Bedford Borough Council, the wider development includes bespoke design and build opportunities and 12 advanced technology and engineering units, forming part of the council’s i-Brand initiative.

Nigel Dolan, development director at Goodman, said: “We’re pleased to begin work on the next phase of development at Bedford Commercial Park. These latest units form part of our ongoing commitment to invest in high-specification, efficient and sustainable spaces in strategically-placed locations, providing customers with access to a large consumer-base and potential workforce.

“Combining quality and location, customers will be able to strengthen their presence at the heart of the Oxford-Cambridge growth corridor and benefit from close proximity to London, Cambridge and Milton Keynes, as well as links to key roads, airports and ports.”

Bedford Commercial Park

The buildings will feature solar photovoltaic technology, electric car charging points, smart metering and a carbon neutral cladding system – there will also be a landscaped park complete with cycle links, extensive woodland planting and a community orchard.

Dave Hodgson, Bedford mayor, said: “Goodman’s ongoing commitment to Bedford Commercial Park, and delivering quality space for businesses to thrive, is testament to the confidence they – and their customers – have in the area.

"The fact that through this next phase of development, Goodman will deliver a mix of units while all being built to its well-known high standards, will help to attract a range of customers from industries such as logistics, engineering, aviation and manufacturing.

“Bedford Borough Council has proactively brought its land interest forward, in conjunction with developer partners, to deliver high quality commercial space which has successfully attracted business inward investment and created new job opportunities for local people."