Work begins on £14m project at former Rolls Royce engine factory site

MUIR Construction has commenced work on a £14 million project to redevelop the site of a former Rolls Royce engine factory at Glasgow’s Hillington Park.

Frasers Property UK is behind the development, after purchasing a large part of the estate in 2017. The work will see 13 new units with large secure yards ranging from 5,093 square feet to 25,467 square feet built at the site, in what Frasers Property UK said is the biggest speculative new build scheme on the industrial estate in over 25 years.

The design specification and construction of the scheme is targeting a BREEAM ‘very good’ sustainability accreditation. As well as remediating historic ground contamination, Frasers Property UK said that each unit will benefit from low-energy and water-efficient fittings, air source heat pumps for heating and cooling, and electric vehicle chargers.

The firm added that the work will see up to 70 construction workers across all trades on site at any one time and over 200 jobs are expected to be added to the Hillington Park workforce, once the new development is fully occupied.

Grant Edmondson, commercial director at Hillington Park, said, “The Hillington West 100 & 200 development is a substantial commitment to Hillington Park and the Glasgow industrial market by Frasers Property. It will deliver modern industrial accommodation built to high-quality sustainable specifications that occupiers are seeking.

“The site of the new development has a rich industrial heritage going back as far as 1939 when Rolls Royce began manufacturing the Merlin aircraft engines for the likes of the Spitfire. Vacant for over 15 years, we are delighted now to be breathing new life into  the estate and investing in a new industrial zone aimed at the modern manufacturing, last mile logistics, engineering and construction services sectors.

“We know the market lacks a supply of high quality, modern premises with large, secure yards. With Hillington Park’s central location in the heart of Scotland’s busiest commercial region, we anticipate strong demand. This is the first phase with scope to offer a further 360,000 sq ft of new industrial development in the new Hillington West zone over the next few years.”