History

Take a look back at just how much Birchwood Park has changed over the years and at the progress we've made towards the Park we have planned for the future.

2016

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In recognition of Birchwood Park’s Nuclear Services cluster the Park is awarded Enterprise Zone status as part of the Cheshire Science Corridor. Any companies qualifying for EZ benefits within in the Birchwood Enterprise Zone can save up to £275,000 over 5 years in Business Rates relief.

We welcome our first pre-let for our new warehouse developments 711-713 Cavendish Place, global medical diagnostics company, Werfen.

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The £5m road improvements to the Birchwood network completed in Spring, surveys following the completion have shown that the investment has significantly improved the traffic flow around Birchwood Park and the wider Birchwood area.

2015

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Building on the success of the modern warehouse developments we created at Cavendish Place, we begin construction of 3 new buildings; 711 – 713 Cavendish Ave. This is the first SME development in Warrington since the recession, and will address the demand we have in the region for this unique space.

Birchwood Park helps fund £5m scheme to improve commute to work.

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Birchwood Park is proud to give its support to the Warrington East area to help kick start the £5m pinchpoint project. This ambitious project started in July this year and will completed in February 2016, it will make a significant improvement to commute times to Birchwood Park, improve road safety and spur economic growth in the Birchwood area.

2014

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The £4.7M transformation of Birchwood Park’s iconic Thomson House into 401 Faraday Street is completed this year.

The extensive refurbishment included the complete recladding of the building to create the stunning first impression this landmark building deserves. The interior has also been transformed into a range of modern offices and inspirational collaboration spaces, perfectly designed to meet the demands of today’s most dynamic companies.

305 Bridgewater Place is fully let as it is selected to be the location for the Hillsbrough Inquest.

The nuclear hub continues to expand at Birchwood Park as we welcome AREVA and Hyder to the Park.

Yoga comes to Birchwood Park – as part of our philosophy to offer more than just a building, we introduced Parklife Yoga at lunchtimes. A great way for people to de-stress and improve general wellbeing.

The Hub at 401 is completed with Starbucks, Ipads and city centre style, we went the extra mile to create something very special at 401 Faraday Street. Hub 401 is unlike anything offered by other office parks or office management companies in the North West and is testament to our commitment to always go that one bit further for our occupiers.

2013

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The construction of 305 Bridgewater Place is completed, the 47,500 sq ft building takes pride of place in the award winning Bridgewater Place scheme and welcomes AMEC Foster Wheeler as its first occupier.

Work also begins to build a new regional head office for Your Housing at 602 Aston Avenue, this is the only development this year within the area.

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This year Birchwood Park joined forces with occupier A-Plant to bake cakes, dress up and cycle the Manchester to Blackpool event to raise over £25,000 cheque for our nominated charity, The Lullaby Trust.

2012

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Construction has begun on 305 Bridgewater Place, the final building at the head of our award wining Grade A office development.

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Birchwood Park Film Club is launched – offering everyone working on Birchwood Park the chance to watch a range of movies for free on the big screen in the new state of the art auditorium. Our movie nights can show anything from latest releases to golden oldies on the big screen.

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We helped raise over £15,000 for our local childrens’ charity Brainwave, this year Birchwood Park hosted the B2B bike challenge for Brainwave, 40 people from companies including: Vaultex, Rolls-Royce, DWP, Yellowbus Solutions, UTV Media, AMEC, DLA Piper and the Birchwood Park management team cycled over 210 miles from Bridgewater Place, Birchwood Park to Bridgwater, Somerset to raise money for Brainwave.

2011

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The Centre went through a £1.3 million remodel to provide enhanced amenities for those on Birchwood Park and in the surrounding areas. Improvements were made to The Café, The Garden Restaurant and Conference & Meeting facilities plus the creation of The Hub – an break out space for informal meetings.

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For the fourth year in a row, the Birchwood Park on-site management team scooped a Gold RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Award in recognition of its continue commitment to developing the highest standards of workplace health and safety.

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Pre-let deal for 32,000 sq ft secured enabling Birchwood Park to start planning construction of 305 Bridgewater Place in 2012.

2010

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Chadwick House - as part of the continual investment back in to our buildings, Lakeside; the stylish new coffee shop in Chadwick House reception opened to everyone on Birchwood Park as well as the general public. As well as a range of hot and cold snack, Lakeside proudly brews Starbucks coffee.

2009

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The 103 bedroom Ramada Encore, situated at the Southern entrance to Birchwood Park opened its doors to its first guests in January this year.

Thomson House is fully let following the arrival of motor claims outsourcing company Broker Assistance - image of fully let board.

As part of our on-going investment back into our buildings this year we completed the enhanced Chadwick House reception. The improvements included: The reconfiguration of reception and new reception desk; A new floor and wall coverings; A new informal seating area

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Best Business Park in the Region’ - Judges praised managing director and 2008 Warrington Business Person of the Year, Jonathan Walsh, and his team for “a great year, securing deals with impressive occupiers as well as adding to the park’s existing amenities”. Birchwood Park beat off competition for the Insider award, from Property Alliance Group and Argent.

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Nuclear Family Continues to Grow Here at Birchwood Park - The largest deal for 2009 for Birchwood Park and one of the largest so far for Warrington saw leading nuclear technology services provider, National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) move into 17,000 sq ft premises in the recently refurbished Chadwick House. Initially accommodating around 150 personnel in the corporate, modelling, environmental management and engineering teams, NNL’s spacious new Chadwick House premises will facilitate anticipated expansion. The firm aims to recruit between 20 and 30 people over the next 3 years.

2008

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The Park marks its 10th birthday and best year ever for lettings. According to the Warrington Property Review 2007, the Park was responsible for 30 per cent of all lettings over 2,000 sq ft in Warrington last year with an outstanding 63,200 sq ft let.

The new Ramada Encore Hotel is now rising from the ground to deliver 103 bedroom for the Birchwood and Warrington areas.To be launched this Winter, the hotel will create 60 new full- and part-time jobs for the local economy.

Success at Bridgewater Place continues with 50,000 sq ft of space let in the last nine months. David Wilson Homes and Vaultex Ltd move in bringing a further 150 staff to the site.

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Birchwood Park defied the economic downturn in 2008, letting 160,000 sq ft of space across over 50 deals.

2007

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Vestas Celtic expand into Bridgewater Place.

Darwin House gets a major facelift. Cogsys, who relocate from Salford Quays and a host of other occupiers rapidly make it a ‘full house’.

Birchwood Park forms a partnership with Warrington Council and the Highways Agency to plan and implement the first phase of improvements to the transport infrastructure the area.

GB Oils join the Park in Bridgewater Place.

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Birchwood Park wins a hat-trick of awards – the BCO Award Regional Winner for Commercial Workspace, a Roses Design Award for Best Commercial Project and the Property Executive North of England Office Award for excellence.

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The major landscaping project continues the £1 million ongoing investment by Birchwood Park in the greening of Birchwood.

2006

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The Birchwood Park ‘Helpdesk’ is launched to ensure that tenant care is at the forefront of the Park’s ethos.

Thomson House adds an in-house café, shop and lounge.

2005

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The Centre completes its refurbishment of its conference facilities.

As the first phase of Bridgewater Place is almost completed the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) takes one entire 40,000 sq ft building – the largest office letting in Warrington in 2005.

Thomson House gets a major refurbishment to bring it in line with the quality and appeal of Chadwick House. New facilities include a basement archive storage area.

Jonathan Walsh becomes Managing Director of Birchwood Park and takes the Park into a new era. Jonathan Black joins from Bruntwood Estates as the Park’s new Asset Manager.

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The Centre gets a £600,000 revamp of its restaurant and kitchen areas including an even enlarged Café Centro.

Occupier Serco commits to a major investment to extend its testing laboratory at the Park.

2004

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Warrington’s largest office letting secured as existing tenant Atkins moves almost 400 staff to the newly refurbished Chadwick House.

New tree planting begins along Faraday Street to create a boulevard with 120 Birch and Oak trees.

The Warrington Express runs twice a day to meet main commuter trains to and from Warrington Bank Quay and Central Stations.

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The Birchwood Park team wins the award for Social Responsibility at the Warrington Business Awards.

2003

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Design work begins to create Bridgewater Place, the new £30 million office scheme. Projections are for a further 2000 future new jobs for the Park.

The ‘Connections’ sculpture is craned into place on the Birchwood Way roundabout.

The Park’s Busy Nought to Fives Nursery moves to a brand new facility and increases its capacity to 118 children.

2002

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Long-term occupier NNC announces its expansion at the Park to develop a new 25,900 sq ft (2,406 sq m) office building at the Southern entrance to the Park.

Sonya Laing becomes Travel Co-ordinator and new car share scheme is launched.

A brand new state-of-the-art health & fitness centre – Alive & Well – opens in December.

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Sony Ericsson, United Utilities, Core Utility Solutions and A-Plant join the Park.

2001

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Jonathan Walsh joins Birchwood Park.

The Park launches its first bus service in line with the new Green Travel Plan.

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Another 27 new lettings boost the variety and spread of occupiers – the profile of the Park changes with software, telecoms, recruitment and service sector firms all moving in.

2000

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Birchwood Park attracts blue chip companies such as Vodafone and Alfred McAlpine Homes to the new Dalton Avenue scheme.

Chadwick House’s refurbishment sees 90% of space successfully let in the 65,000 sq ft already ready for occupation.

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Vodafone commission purposebuilt offices in a move that will create over 400 new jobs for the region.

The Birchwood Park website www.birchwoodpark.co.uk goes live.

Cavendish Place is completed and already fully let.