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Canmoor celebrates growth of Westway Cooperage

Canmoor celebrates growth of Westway Cooperage

Expanding cooperage business doubles headcount and size of its base in two years Westway Cooperage is doubling the size of its premises at Canmoor’s Westway, to accommodate a growing workforce and order book for 2024. The company, which trades and repairs oak casks for the Scotch whisky industry was established

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BDC 318 : Jul 2024

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Canmoor celebrates growth of Westway Cooperage

Canmoor celebrates growth of Westway Cooperage

Expanding cooperage business doubles headcount and size of its base in two years Westway Cooperage is doubling the size of its premises at Canmoor’s Westway, to accommodate a growing workforce and order book for 2024. The company, which trades and repairs oak casks for the Scotch whisky industry was established just two years ago by brothers Jamie, Andrew and Stephen Reilly. The brothers are third-generation master coopers, with their family having been in the cooperage industry since 1961. It is now expanding into Units 7A and 7B, at Westway, Glasgow Airport. This equates to an additional 5,300 sq ft unit, with overall floorspace increasing to 9,400 sq ft. A new 10-year lease has been agreed. The expansion is designed to bolster the ongoing growth of the business, which now employs 14 staff, including 2 directors, 8 coopers, 1 labourer and an apprentice. Jamie Reilly, Director of Westway Cooperage said: “2024 is shaping up to be a very exciting year for Westway Cooperage. Our strategic investment in additional space paves the way for the expansion in our cask repair capacity for our key client base.” “Westway remains our ideal location, providing the flexibility needed for growth.” Gregor King, Canmoor’s Asset Manager at Westway added:  We are delighted to have concluded this new lease with Westway Cooperage to facilitate their expansion into a refurbished unit as a consequence of the growth of their business.  “This is a perfect illustration of the benefits of locating at Westway, where a single entity owns the entire estate and we therefore have greater flexibility to accommodate our occupiers’ changing requirements. “The growing appeal of Westway reflects our commitment to improving existing buildings and developing best in class industrial space with market-leading ESG credentials. This strategic focus is receiving positive feedback from potential occupiers in the Scottish market and we expect to be making further announcements about new lettings in the near future.” “Construction work is also progressing well on Westway 90 and Westway 200, our two brand new speculative sheds, which will bring an additional 300,000 sq ft of high quality industrial/logistics space to the park.” Westway lies approximately 7 miles west of Glasgow City Centre and adjacent to Glasgow International Airport. Westway is accessed from J28 via Glasgow Airport and the new Barnwell Bridge, the four way J27 of the M8 motorway, just 1.2 miles away, which provides access to Glasgow, Edinburgh, M74, M77, M80 and in turn the national motorway network. Andrew McCracken, Director of agent JLL said: “Westway stands as one of Scotland’s premier industrial parks, consistently drawing in substantial interest from industrial and logistics occupiers. Witnessing a new, ambitious business opt to expand its base here is truly encouraging.” Canmoor’s joint leasing agents are JLL and Colliers, with management by Knight Frank Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Canmoor appoints Muir Construction to deliver £25m speculative development at Westway, Glasgow Airport

Canmoor appoints Muir Construction to deliver £25m speculative development at Westway, Glasgow Airport

Canmoor has appointed Muir Construction as the main contractor to deliver the £25m brand new speculative development at Westway, next to Glasgow Airport. Works have now commenced on the 13-acre site, which will consist of two high-quality industrial/ warehouse units of 86,630 sq ft and 202,230 sq ft, to be known as “Westway 90” and “Westway 200” respectively. The larger unit will be capable of being split into two units of 91,110 sq ft and 118,140 sq ft. The construction process will take between twelve and fifteen months, with completion of Westway 90 scheduled in Q3 of 2024 and in Q4 for Westway 200. Gregor King, Canmoor’s Asset Manager at Westway said:  “We are pleased to see Muir Construction start works here at Westway. We look forward to bringing this “best in class” sustainable development opportunity to the market over the next year or so. We anticipate strong demand for the space due to the quality of the buildings being developed and the continued strength of the industrial and logistics market in the west coast of Scotland.” Alan Muir, Managing Director of Muir Construction added: “We are delighted to be able to start construction on site at Westway. We have extensive experience of industrial developments and look forward to delivering a high quality end product, to meet market demand.” The units will be of steel portal frame construction, with eaves heights of 12.5m. Each will feature ample dock leveller loading bays and also provide high quality offices. There will be dedicated car parking, generous HGV parking and extensive yards space, up to 50 metres deep. Each unit is designed as all electric, targeting BREEAM “Excellent” and EPC ratings of “A”. Further green credentials include electric car charging points, provision for PV panels and air source heat pumps. This all combines well with further ESG initiatives across the entire estate. The development will provide quick and direct access from Westway to Junction 28 of the M8, via the recently opened Barnwell Street Bridge, as well as to Glasgow Airport and the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS). It will be adjacent to the recently opened Filshill distribution centre and has the potential to attract further new businesses and bring employment opportunities to the area. Andrew McCracken, Director of JLL said: “The industrial and logistics sector in Scotland continues to perform well, with demand from a range of occupiers. This development at Westway offers opportunities for occupiers to acquire brand new, high specification units with good yard provision, strong environmental credentials and great connectivity to Glasgow Airport and the M8 motorway.” Canmoor’s joint leasing agents are JLL and Colliers, with management by Knight Frank. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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Bullet Express growth story continues with new logistics centre at Westway Park

Bullet Express, one of the UK’s fastest-growing logistics, distribution and storage businesses, has opened a new 67,000 sq ft logistics centre at Westway Park, Renfrew, Scotland’s largest fully enclosed industrial distribution and office park. The new logistics centre will see Bullet Express increase its storage and distribution capacity by 14%, creating job opportunities for warehouse and inventory personnel within the local area. The facility at Westway, which provides Bullet Express with easy access to the M8 and the new road link to Glasgow Airport, will have capacity for 12,000 pallets – 10,000 for racked storage and 2,000 for floor storage. The new facility in Renfrew is the latest addition to Bullet Express’ rapidly expanding network which includes: Bothwell, Express Pallet Centre and HQ totalling 200,000 sq/ft. – network distribution. Baillieston, flagship Storage Centre totalling 210,000 sq/ft. – racked and floor storage. London Road, Glasgow Storage Centre, totalling 32,000 sq/ft. – high-bay racked storage. Glespin, Storage Satellite, totalling 50,000 sq/ft. – floor storage. Established more than 30 years ago, Bullet Express is a full service logistics business with 150 employees providing a European road freight service, worldwide air and sea freight support and stacked storage for customers. Westway, owned by Canmoor and Ares Management Corporation (ARES) provides industrial, warehousing, distribution and office space for companies of all sizes across a number of industries. David McCutcheon, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Bullet Express, said: “With our expanding client base, we simply needed additional storage space to facilitate this demand and business growth. Our new centre at Westway offers quality secure space, along with good eaves height, which enables optimum storage space. “The location also offers excellent connectivity, particularly allowing for easy access to the M8 and the new road link to Glasgow Airport. “We are installing racking throughout the site to accommodate 12,000 pallets of which 10,000 will be racked storage and 2,000 floor storage.” Toby Saul, Asset Manager of Canmoor, added: “The new team was established in March this year and we are delighted to welcome Bullet Express as our first new occupier. “Bullet Express is an excellent addition to the quality occupier mix here at Westway and we wish David and the team every success with their expansion plans. “We will continue to asset manage the park and continue the ongoing investment programme, which includes the refurbishment of Block J and Unit G1, with further infrastructure improvements and projects to be announced shortly.”

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Canmoor announces another 60,000 sq ft logistics deal at Westway Park

Steder Group charts steady course to Renfrew Canmoor is set to welcome the Steder Group, as the latest new occupier at Westway Park in Renfrew. The global logistics service provider has signed up for 60,000 sq ft of logistics space at the newly refurbished Block D on a ten-year lease. The Scottish & Dutch-owned company, which is headquartered in Hillington, Glasgow and in Rotterdam in Holland, is relocating its UK Warehousing & Logistics Services side of the business to Renfrew from Hillington. The new unit will be used for storage and distribution functions, whilst the main freight forwarding, customs brokerage, sales, marketing and administration will remain at its Hillington HQ. Steder Group is set up to handle any logistics challenge and can offer a complete range of logistic services within a broad, worldwide network. In Scotland, this includes forwarding, air cargo, with services, including handling customs documentation for a global customer base.  The new facility in Renfrew is part of the UK arm of the business, which along with its HQ in Hillington also has bases in Aberdeen, Queenslie & Dunfermline.   Steve Logan, Managing Director of Steder Group said:                 “Quality space, connectivity and site security were the prime drivers for our move to Westway. We look forward to being fully operational with our warehousing & logistics staff, with potentially up to 20 staff at some stage this year. “Our goal is to be the one of the best complete logistics service providers in Scotland and this new facility will enable us to continue to deliver high quality and customised service to our customer base and partners, both in the UK and globally. “Steder Group in the UK was born in early 2016 in Glasgow, achieving considerable success in such a short timeline. This vital warehousing deal with Canmoor was essential to allow us to continue to grow our business in today’s hectic and challenging marketplace. “I’d like to thank Rob Large and all of the Canmoor team, along with the site marketing director for JLL, Andrew McCracken for all their help and assistance in helping us push through and conclude this deal within the timelines required to support our business requirements.” Toby Saul, Asset Manager of Canmoor added: “Since acquiring Westway in 2018, our strategy has been to invest in the existing stock, to attract top occupiers. We have committed more than £12 million to building refurbishment and infrastructure improvements across the park, including £3 million in the refurbishment of D Block. “Securing Steder Group within three months of practical completion, along with a pre-let to Agility Logistics underlines the success of our strategy, with D Block now fully-let to two best in class logistics operators “Over the course of 2021, we completed circa 425,000 sq ft in lettings and re-gears, making Westway one of the strongest industrial and distribution assets in Scotland. “We have now started the next stage of our refurbishment programme at Block J and Unit G1 with further infrastructure improvements and investment at Westway to be announced shortly.” Westway is a key strategic industrial and distribution location that offers excellent connectivity to the whole of Central Scotland, with Junction 27 of the M8 only 3 minutes drive away. It is located in the heart of the Glasgow Airport Investment area, which is one of the key City Deal projects that will benefit from £39.1m of inward investment over the next 10 years. This will deliver significant infrastructure investment to the area including a new two-lane bridge over the White Cart, directly linking Westway with the investment area and airport, which is scheduled to open later this year. Westway also benefits from having its own private dock facility on the White Cart Water which accesses the River Clyde. This provides an alternative shipping solution particularly for large products that are unsuitable for transport by road.  Andrew McCracken, Director of JLL said: “This deal underlines the demand for well-located, top quality logistics space in the Scottish market. Westway is one of the top locations in Scotland and we anticipate further positive demand for space at the park during 2022.” Canmoor’s joint agents are JLL and Colliers, with the park being managed by Knight Frank.

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