IM Properties celebrates awards with North Warwickshire Borough Council
27 November 2012
IM Properties has celebrated the awards it picked up at the Birmingham Post Business Awards with representatives of North Warwickshire Borough Council.
The Coleshill-based property development and investment firm scooped both Property/Regeneration Company of the Year and Company of the Year award at the prestigious event last month.
The accolades were in honour of achievements made at the 400 acre Birch Coppice Business Park in Dordon, North Warwickshire – which will have generated in excess of 5,000 jobs by next year, making it one of the region’s biggest employment success stories.
IM Properties has worked with North Warwickshire Borough Council since 1997 to transform the derelict former colliery site into the multi-million pound business success story.
IM Development Director Kevin Ashfield said: “We are incredibly proud of the success of Birch Coppice and our achievements at the Birmingham Post Business Awards. The support of members and officers of the Council over the past 14 years has been essential to this long term regeneration and job creation.”
Councillor Mick Stanley, Leader of North Warwickshire Council, added: “ We would like to congratulate IM Properties on winning these two awards, which are recognition of the work done to boost the communities and economy in North Warwickshire and indeed the region. The Borough Council is proud to have worked alongside IM Properties in the past and will continue to do so in the future."
Situated at Junction 10 of the M42, Birch Coppice Business Park has attracted high profile occupiers including Volkswagen, UPS, Euro Car Parts and TNT Logistics. It is also home to the Birmingham Intermodal Freight Terminal, enabling every business to tap into the West Coast railway for dock to door container deliveries while benefiting from the economic and environmental benefits of rail freight.
Next year will see the opening of a new 575,000 sq ft distribution centre for online food retailer Ocado. Currently under construction, the £210 million facility will employ more than 2,100 people.
In addition, IM Properties has recently submitted plans for Phase Three of Birch Coppice Business Park, which will see the creation of another 1.1 million sq ft of commercial space on the remaining 50 acres of the site. This could generate a further 1,000 jobs, taking the total number of people employed at the Park to 6,100.