Asparagus Point – the journey so far

Construction work has recently started on a new industrial estate in Worcestershire, but for Tweedale, the journey to get to this point began in 2011.

That’s when we began working on this project after forming a new relationship with the developer, Hortons’ Estate.

Several design concepts were pursued including offices, large scale warehousing and a trade park. There was also considerable interest from individual commercial operators for bespoke buildings.

Ultimately Squab elected to proceed with a new facility for its business and Hortons’ Estate considered that a range of smaller units, with flexibility on size for multiple lettings would be attractive and complement the new unit for Squab.

Working closely with Hortons’ Estate, our design was finalised in 2017 and the planning application was submitted to Wychavon District Council in January this year and approved in April.

The development of Asparagus Point will eventually feature 39,450 sq ft of units, which will range in size from 3,500 sq ft to 6,000 sq ft. There will also be a 15,000 sq ft unit for Squab, a Leamington Spa-based storage, removals and van hire company.

Construction company J Tomlinson was awarded the £2.6m contract to build the scheme with work scheduled to be completed in December.

Practical completion is expected in December this year.

Richard Norgrove, property director at Hortons’ Estate, said: “The development of this site has been many years in the making and we’ve worked with some fantastic partners, including Tweedale. We like the way they operate and the effort they put into developing a solid working relationship.

“I think it’s this relationship, along with its expertise, professionalism and quality of work, that has led to us partnering with Tweedale on so many different projects.”

Tweedale has assisted Hortons’ Estate on feasibility studies for several new commercial and residential opportunities, together with appraisals and schemes for upgrading and repurposing its existing estate. The latter includes industrial sites in Long Eaton and Old Dalby, plus city centre buildings in Wolverhampton.

Asparagus Point will be the latest addition to the wider rapidly expanding site, which has become a hub for business since it first opened in the late 1990s. Strategically located on the A46 with links to the M5 and M42 the site is well positioned to appeal to businesses with a national reach.