Northern Trust Sells Vortex House, Wavertree

Northern Trust has announced that it has sold its 22,900 sq ft Vortex House office building at Wavertree Technology Park in Liverpool to Lydiate Learning Trust, a developing network of schools and academies across the North West of England.

Tom Parkinson, Director at Northern Trust commented; “This was an exciting new use for the Wavertree Technology Park and Vortex House will be used as a Studio School, funded by the state, and will offer business and technology courses to 14 to 19 year olds, as well as classes in engineering, accountancy and textiles. It opens this month and the concept is to provide young people with a better, more practical understanding of the world of work before they leave education.”

Sarah Gregg, the new school’s Marketing Manager said; “The launch of Studio@Deyes is fantastically exciting for the region and we are very proud of the innovative new school we are creating.”

The new home for Studio@Deyes

The new home for Studio@Deyes – Vortex House, Wavertree Technology Park, Liverpool

Located just 1.7 miles from the end of the M62 and within 2.4 miles of Liverpool City Centre, Wavertree Technolgy Park is well connected and also has excellent public transport links with Wavertree Park Train Station within easy walking distance providing a regular direct service to Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester.

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Northern Trust Completes 41,000 sq ft Acquisition In Peterborough

Northern Trust has announced that it has purchased the multi-let industrial estate, Wulfric Square in Peterborough.

The 41,370 sq ft estate comprises 30 industrial units, 8 of which are long leaseholds; and is located in Bretton, on a busy business park approximately 1 and 3/4 miles north of Peterborough City Centre. The estate offers a range of units from 625 sq ft up to 3,630 sq ft.

Northern Trust's New Acquisition in Peterborough

Northern Trust’s New Acquisition in Peterborough – Wulfric Square

Tom Parkinson, Director at Northern Trust commented “We are delighted to have secured the acquisition of Wulfric Square and are looking at other multi-let industrial opportunities in the Midlands and North of England. The estate will be managed by our subsidiary Whittle Jones Midlands team, whose portfolio now extends to over 1.3m sq ft of industrial / office accommodation across the Midlands.”

For more information on Wulfric Square and current availability please contact Whittle Jones on 0121 523 2929 or email

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Planning Success for Northern Trust Sees Delivery of Over 2,500 Homes

Northern Trust’s Land and Development Division are delighted to announce an extremely positive 6 months with major residential planning permissions across a number of sites. The Company has been successful in securing consent for over 2,500 new houses on a mixture of greenfield and previously developed land.

Six planning permissions have been approved in Lancashire covering more than 2,000 homes, in Blackpool, St Annes, Kirkham, Pilling, Inskip and Singleton; whilst a planning application for 400 houses on a semi derelict industrial estate in North Tyneside has also recently been granted.

Planning Approval for 400 homes at West Chirton, North Shields

Stephen Glenn, Land Executive at Northern Trust commented “It has been a busy but very successful 6 months and we are pleased to have secured the planning permissions on each of the sites, some of which have been particularly challenging. We have worked closely with the respective planning authorities, members of the community and other key stakeholders to deliver much need housing. All of the sites are quite different in scale and character, but each will bring considerable benefits, including jobs, regeneration, and investment into the areas concerned, together with addressing the shortfall in local housing supply.”

Northern Trust are actively looking for new opportunities either as a straight purchase or on a planning promotion/Join Venture partnership basis. To view the full press release please click here.


Another Letting at Earls Court

Northern Trust Company Limited has announced completion of the letting of the first floor suite at Unit 5 Earls Court development in Grangemouth.

Earls Court, Grangemouth

Earls Court, Grangemouth

John Pipeline Ltd has moved into the first floor suite of Building 5 covering 1,452 sq ft on a 5 year lease agreement.

Jonathan Houghton, Property Portfolio Manager at Northern Trust said “The latest letting to John Bell Pipeline now means that Earls Court is over 65% occupied and is home to 6 companies. Earls Court is situated in an excellent location and offers flexible space designed to be tailored to company’s individual needs. We are hopeful, with strong interest in the remaining space that further lettings will be announced in the near future.”

Earls Court offers a range of office space with suites from as little as 2 persons (373 sq ft) upwards available on flexible terms under the Innovate brand to larger accommodation of 3,672 sq ft. Earls Court forms part of the well-established Earls Gate Business Park which benefits from excellent transport links. The scheme is well located offering direct access to Falkirk and Junctions 5/6 of the M9 are within a short distance.

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Handelsbanken Moves in at Ackhurst Business Park

Whittle Jones Chartered Surveyors acting on behalf of Northern Trust have announced Handelsbanken as the most recent letting at their prestigious office scheme, Ackhurst Business Park, Chorley.

Founded in 1871, Handelsbanken is one of Sweden’s leading banks with over 820 branches worldwide. In the UK the Bank has been undergoing an expansion programme and Handelsbanken Chorley is one of over 180 opened so far.

Handelsbanken Moves in at Ackhurst Business Park : Back row – Louise Howley, Account Manager Support - Handelsbanken; Joanne Loram, Individual Banking Manager – Handelsbanken; Julia Monks, Corporate Banking Manager - Handelsbanken Front row – Andrew Pearson, Branch Manager – Handelsbanken; Tom Clarke, Management Surveyor – Whittle Jones Chartered Surveyors

Handelsbanken commented “Once the decision to open Handelsbanken Chorley was made, it was vital that the Bank was able to secure a branch location which would be able to support its long term plans in the area. Having considered various options, Ackhurst Business Park was the stand out choice providing immediate, modern accommodation and ample car parking for our customers.”

Tom Clarke, Management Surveyor at Whittle Jones added “We are delighted that Handelsbanken chose Ackhurst Business Park as the location for their new Chorley branch and we are delighted to welcome them to the estate.”

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Dukes Park Marketing Suite Now Open

Fellows Homes have announced that the marketing suite on their new Dukes Park housing development in Chorley is now open.

Work is well underway on the first phase of the development at Duke Street, which when completed will provide 70 new homes in a range of 2 and 3 bedroom terraced, semi-detached and detached family house styles. A proportion of affordable housing us also included and incorporates a range of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments.

Dukes Park Site Plan

Dukes Park Site Plan

The Show suite is open on site Thursday to Monday from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. Individuals can choose their own finishes on the homes at Dukes Park; and prices start from as little as £110,000. With the addition of the Help to Buy scheme buying a new home is now an affordable option. Anyone interested in registering their for the new houses at Dukes Park can contact Fellows Homes on 01257 460118 or email:

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HW Technology Ltd Moves In At Ackhurst Business Park

Whittle Jones Chartered Surveyors; agents acting on behalf of Northern Trust have announced the recent letting at their prestigious office scheme, Ackhurst Business Park to HW Technology Ltd.

HW Technology Ltd is part of the HW Group of Chartered Accountants and specialises in providing a variety of IT support for businesses including web development, software development, sage software & services, and cloud computing, amongst others. The company has moved into the first floor suite at Balmoral House on a 6 year deal.

HW Technology Ltd Moves In At Ackhurst Business Park

HW Technology Ltd Moves In At Ackhurst Business Park

Keith Davies, Operations Manager at HW Technology Ltd commented “We’re thrilled with the new office at Ackhurst Business Park. The office has already allowed us to expand our operation. We are looking forward to growing even further over the next few years.”

Ackhurst Business Park provides a range of modern self-contained office accommodation from single suites of just 3 persons (250 sq ft) to ‘own front door’ pavilion style buildings up to 4,525 sq ft. Each building is finished to a high specification to meet the needs of the modern day occupier and provides a professional business environment and high quality corporate image.

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A Grand National Opening for the New Retail Development at Carrington Centre

The New Carrington Centre in Eccleston, Chorley was officially opened on Friday 11th April in view of around 200 of the local community; and Grand National winning horses Hedgehunter and Ballabriggs were on site to assist in the proceedings. Hedgehunter won the National race in 2005; whilst Ballabriggs won in 2011.

A Grand National Opening for the New Retail Development at Carrington Centre

A & S Holdings has acquired the New Carrington Centre from Northern Trust; but the scheme will still be managed by Northern Trust’s in-house management company Whittle Jones Chartered Surveyors.

The New Carrington Centre, Eccleston

To celebrate completion of the works on site Sally Hardie from A & S Holdings formally unveiled a plaque at the opening event, which was held in Cafe Manna and was attended by occupiers at the new development. The 13,000 sq ft new retail parade includes a 4,000 sq ft Sainbury’s convenience store, along with 8 shops including the post office, pharmacy and library.

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Planning Permission Granted for New Development at Rainworth

Northern Trust has announced that they have been granted planning permission for a new residential development in Rainworth, Nottinghamshire. The outline plans for the land off Warsop Lane include the provision for up to 130 new homes.

A spokesperson for Northern Trust commented “The outline planning permission for up to 130 houses includes a mix of house types aimed at supporting the delivery of high quality housing at an affordable level within the Rainworth area. The new scheme will generate significant investment within the Borough.”

Planning Permission Granted for New Development at Rainworth

Planning Permission Granted for New Development at Rainworth

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