KEY FACTS

In a post Brexit and Covid climate, and supporting a levelling up agenda, the £1bn WMI project anchors huge international investment in the region, and a new Strategic Rail Freight Interchange

The project spans 734 acres and will deliver c.8 million sq ft of prime logistics space

The project will generate around £430m annually in local economic activity (and over £900m nationally via the supply chain - £680m in direct/indirect gross value added)

WMI will create 8,500 direct, full-time jobs (40% of which will be higher skilled, offering opportunities for people in South Staffordshire, The Black Country, the West Midlands)

It will support a further 8,100 indirect and induced jobs via the supply chain

The project will create two new country parks spanning 109 acres

It will contribute to regional and national air quality and carbon reduction targets, as rail freight produces 76% less carbon dioxide, up to 15 times lower nitrogen oxide emissions and nearly 90% lower particulate emissions than road freight

WMI is in South Staffordshire sitting either side of a branch of the West Coast Main Line and is bounded by the A449 to the west and the A5 to the north, where it meets the M6 at junction 12

We have been tracking this particular site for some time and are delighted to have secured the park alongside Oxford Properties. West Midlands Interchange is a fantastic opportunity to build out a uniquely positioned development scheme, allowing us to offer occupiers every possible size, scale, configuration and specification of unit with none of the usual planning delays or uncertainties often associated with schemes of this nature. We look forward to progressing first stage preparatory works and welcoming occupiers to this exciting project.

John Pagdin, Head of UK Logistics Capital Partners

1. What is happening?
2. Who is Oxford Properties?
3. Who is Logistics Capital Partners (LCP)?
4. What is the West Midlands Interchange?
5. What size will the warehouses be?
6. Who will be occupying the site?
7. What is the value of the site?
8. Who was previously responsible for the site?
9. Where is the project located?
10. Why is the project needed?
11. What will the project mean for jobs?
12. What are the benefits of the project?
13. What opportunities are there for local businesses?
14. What employment opportunities are available at the site?
15. What impact will the development have on the environment?
16. When will the community parks be built and available for use?
17. What is happening next?
18. When will construction works begin?
19. How long will construction take?
20. I am affected by the scheme and wish to discuss with the project with someone.
21. I want to object to the construction of the West Midlands Interchange.
22. Why are you continuing construction works during the COVID-19 outbreak?