Lancashire County Council and their partners Eric Wright Group, in association with Brookhouse Group, are now proposing a vibrant high quality mixed use development for the site.
Lancashire County Council exists to serve everyone who lives or works in Lancashire, helping people to be healthy, happy and enjoy a good quality of life. It also exists to protect the most vulnerable members of our communities who need some extra support.
Some of the services are very visible to everyone in the county, but there are many others you may only know about if you come into direct contact with them.
From attracting companies to create new jobs and working with hundreds of schools to deliver a good education, to arranging help at home for people who are unable to get by on their own and maintaining the roads, in different ways we touch on the lives of everyone in Lancashire.
In December 2012, Eric Wright Group was selected as Lancashire County Council’s Regeneration Property Partner for Preston, Fylde and Wyre, Chorley, South Ribble and West Lancashire. As part of this Partnership Eric Wright Group are the Developer Partner for Lancashire County Council on the Cuerden Strategic Site.
The Preston-based Eric Wright Group is an established leader within the building industry. We offer a wide range of services from construction and civil engineering, to property development and facilities management. We believe that we are uniquely well equipped to take care of our clients’ property requirements from design to completion and beyond.
The Group encompasses a number of individual companies, including Maple Grove developments, and subsidiaries, each with its own specific focus, resourced by staff with specialist skills. While each company operates independently, they are all intrinsically linked and regularly work closely together. This gives the Group the ability to successfully deliver a wide range of building projects, offering a seamless joined-up approach across all areas of expertise.
The shareholding in the Group is presently 100% owned by the Eric Wright Trust, a charitable body. This unique constitution allows Group companies to follow longer term commercial strategies, and to continue to grow and develop the business securely over time. The Eric Wright Group’s fundamental philosophy is to operate a profitable property and construction business which provides secure long-term job opportunities for its staff, and to establish durable relationships with clients, suppliers and sub-contractors while returning a proportion of its profits to the community by way of support for local charities and deserving causes.
Maple Grove Developments was formed in 1981 as the development division of the Eric Wright Group and will lead the development of the Cuerden Strategic Site. It is one of the most respected property developers in the North of England operating across all sectors of the property market.
The City Deal is an agreement between Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, Preston City Council, South Ribble Borough Council and Lancashire County Council, along with central government and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
The City Deal will help to create more than 20,000 new private sector jobs and see over 17,000 new homes built across Preston and South Ribble, as well as new school places, open green spaces and new health provision to cater for the growing population.
With origins dating back to the 1930’s, the Brookhouse Group has developed an extensive network of retail partners, creating a portfolio that extends over 1.5 million sq. ft., of which 500,000 sq. ft. is, food retail space.
We are renowned for our work in the out of town retail sector and for our role in advancing residential developments. We are proud that major retail brands, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, DSG, Next, Argos, Asda, M&S, TK Maxx, Aldi and B&Q, all call our developments home.
We have built this high quality investment portfolio through our long-lasting relationships with key stakeholders including several local authority partners. We are constantly working towards our overall objective to add value to the group and its partners through new strategic acquisitions and intensive asset management.
Brookhouse Group is an opportunity-led organisation that specialises in residential, retail and out of town developments. Our emphasis on engagement with the wider commercial sector means we bring a wealth of industry expertise into each unique project.
Our work with retailers has resulted in a significant number of pipeline projects, which includes 500,000 sq. ft. of newly consented food, non-food, open A1 retail, office and leisure space. We’re always actively seeking development and investment opportunities in residential, industrial, and retail sectors and are looking for new partners to support in these ventures.
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