St Modwen Park success sees our reappointment for phase two


In our hometown of Derby in the East Midlands, we’re excited to be part of the project team delivering the next phase of St. Modwen Logistics’ major development on Wyvern Way next to the A52.

Expected to complete in 2024, the £59m project will see the creation of 350,000 sq ft of warehousing space across five buildings at St. Modwen Park Derby. To help meet increased occupier demand for mid-sized industrial and logistics units in the East Midlands, our involvement will see us providing civil, structural, and geo-environmental services – building on transport planning input we have already provided for the phase two reserved matters planning application.

Our range of expertise has been procured as a result of our input on the development’s £47m first phase, in which we provided the same trio of engineering services to support on the site’s initial four sheds completed in December 2022.

Senior engineer Alex Parkes said: “Our engineering involvement in a prestigious local project fills us with an obvious sense of pride and playing our part in making Derby a hub for logistics, high-skilled tech and manufacturing has profound benefits for many.

“The developments’ emphasis on sustainability, health and wellbeing resonates with us as a business and we’re pleased we’re able to offer best-in-class support to make the next phase a success.”

During the first phase of the development, civil engineering support was provided from the planning stage through to construction. This has given us unrivalled insight and therefore a full understanding of what St. Modwen Logistics hopes to achieve through its continued investment.

From a sustainability perspective, our earthworks strategy for phase one ensured any material imported or exported was effectively minimised to create a material balance. Also, the drainage strategy incorporated green infrastructure in the form of basins and swales throughout the site, to provide SuDS with multiple benefits including biodiversity and amenity.

Meanwhile, the earthworks strategy and the innovative dynamic replacement foundation solution, which had never been used on a similar scheme in the UK before, were both instrumental aspects of the design that provided significant costs savings for the client.

A benefit of our continued involvement in the development is our local understanding. During the first phase, we liaised with the Environment Agency to renew a bespoke Flood Risk Activity Permit. This allowed the contractor to construct a 750m long, 40m wide flood compensation corridor directly adjacent to the River Derwent, to tie into the wider Derby City Council ‘Our City Our River’ flood defence works.

We can’t wait to see the latest phase take shape and for the thriving city of Derby to benefit. For more information on our involvement in the scheme so far, visit: St Modwen Park, Derby – Rodgers Leask