Posted: Fri 27th Jan 2023

FI Real Estate Management buys further 56 acres on Wrexham Industrial Estate for people living in or visiting the Wrexham area
This article is old - Published: Friday, Jan 27th, 2023

FI Real Estate Management (FIREM) – the largest landowner at Wrexham Industrial Estate – has bought an additional 56 acres of land.

The acquisition takes FIREM’s total investment at Wrexham Industrial Estate to £136m of value and a further £50m CAPEX program as the city continues to benefit from the spotlight created by Wrexham AFC’s Hollywood owners.

The development will be FIREM’s eleventh at the estate and takes its investment to more than £136m.

FIREM’s founder and managing director, Tim Knowles, said the decision to expand the Wrexham portfolio of assets to 2.8m sq ft reflects a surge in demand from companies keen to be based in the Wrexham area.

He said the city has benefited from the ‘feel-good factor’ and publicity generated by the purchase of Wrexham AFC by Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.

On Sunday, the club’s sell-out FA Cup fourth round match against Sheffield United will be televised live by the BBC and Knowles said the national exposure was good for the whole area.

Knowles added: “When our peers were looking towards the big cities in the South for development opportunities we kept our focus on Wrexham, having purchased our first piece of land here in 2005.

“Of course, our plans are a tactical move based on the huge demand our new build industrial assets continue to generate.

“The city’s prominent position, strategic connectivity, highly skilled workforce and future talent emerging from Glyndwr University, is attracting a great deal of attention from logistics and warehousing companies in the UK and beyond.

“Add to this the high quality and energy efficiency of our new build space and it means the speculated slowdown in the industrial sector, following two years of growth, is yet to reach Wrexham.

“I wish Phil Parkinson and his team the best of luck with the FA Cup on Sunday but win or lose, there’s never been a more exciting time to be in Wrexham than 2023.”

FIREM, which manages assets totalling more than £1bn, will now commence the planning application process to create an additional 400k sq ft of industrial space for the influx of businesses looking to capitalise on Wrexham’s economic resurgence.

Construction is set to commence on two new build sites this year, with three having completed in 2022. Two of the completed new sites are already fully let and logistics specialists, Gorton Brothers, and multinational furniture company, Howdens Joinery, moved into FIREM units in December.

Future plans comprise a total of 2.2m sq ft of new build commercial space including a detailed planning application for a single 150,000 sq ft unit of Clywedog Road South.

FIREM is also proposing to redevelop the Bridgeway Centre on Bridge Road to create new industrial units ranging from 900 sq ft to 8,400 sq ft for small and large businesses.

FIREM’s UK-wide industrial estate comprises 91 sites, part of a 10m sq ft portfolio. In 2023 the developer expects to break ground on 19 new sites, part of a 5m sq ft pipeline over the next four years.

For more information on industrial space available at Wrexham Industrial Estate you are invited to contact the Business Development Team at FI Real Estate Management on 01257 263 010 or via [email protected]

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