Construction of the largest-ever speculative logistics site in the north of England is to commence this autumn.

Real estate developer Panattoni acquired the 65-acre site on the Nottinghamshire/Yorkshire border with planning permission for more than 1.2m sq ft.

In a two-phase development called Panattoni Central A1(M), Winvic Construction will begin building a 770,000 sq ft unit with practical completion expected in September 2025.

The cross-docked unit will have 18m eaves, 55m service yards, EV van and car charging and 15% rooflights.

The remaining 27-acre plot will be marketed on a build-to-suit basis.

Major distribution occupiers in the immediate vicinity include Culina, B&Q, Butternut Box and Daher Aerospace.

Panattoni said it remained focused on the big box market, where there is a scarcity of supply and strong demand for units of 400,000 sq ft and above.

CGI of Panattoni Central A1(M)

CGI of Panattoni Central A1(M)

Source: Tavistock

Dan Burn, head of development at Panattoni, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to acquire a prime logistics site in an established location by the A1(M).

“The development provides us with the opportunity to capitalise on the dearth of supply of XXL units across the country.”