New Wiltshire business park keeps it green

By Anita Jaynes on 29 February, 2016

Hundreds of trees and thousands of daffodil bulbs will be at the heart of a new business park in Wiltshire.

Work has already started on the 35-acre Hawke Ridge Business Park, which could support over 1,000 jobs when it is completed.

The £50 million development near Westbury will provide more than half a million square feet of much-needed modern facilities for local businesses.

Alongside up-to-date infrastructure Bath based HPH ltd, the developer behind the scheme, has also included a raft of environmental features to complement and enhance its setting.

When finished Hawke Ridge Business Park will be home to at least 3,000 daffodil bulbs, 1,450 native trees, 1.5km of native hedgerow, and a one-acre wildflower meadow.

The deliberate planting of nectar rich flowers will help a site-wide bee strategy and the layout of the park will ensure commuting corridors for bats are protected.

HPH have been advised on environmental and landscape plans by consultancy firm Sightline Landscape.

Director Chris McDermott said: “Hawke Ridge Business Park has an attractive setting beside Bitham Brook below the chalk escarpment of the Westbury White Horse.

“Extensive use of native trees and the establishment of new hedgerows will integrate it into the surrounding landscape. Biodiversity will be enhanced by creating over an acre of wildflower rich grassland throughout the development.

“Easy access into the park will be provided by a new roundabout on the B3097. Avenue trees will line the new entrance into the site and the extensive use of wildflower turf and bulb planting set against neatly maintained verges will establish a high quality, attractive eco-friendly landscape. The new roundabout benefits from a sustainable drainage system of swales and ditches.

“As each plot is developed it will be separated from the next plot by a new native species hedge to build up a network of wildlife corridors through the site.”

Supporting local ecology and biodiversity is important to HPH, which as a property owner is known for its care and attention when it comes to environmental components.

Lindsay Holdoway, managing director at HPH, said “We take our responsibilities as a property owner very seriously whether we are working with a specific occupier to help meet their needs, creating a modern unit or looking at the wider scheme and its impact on the surrounding area.

“As well as providing crucial state-of-the-art industrial facilities at Hawke Ridge Business Park with all the infrastructure and connectivity modern occupiers require – something Wiltshire’s business community is crying out for – we are also being mindful of its setting.

“The business park will provide modern, energy efficient buildings with high environmental performance and these will be matched by the external environment which will include an array of green features from native trees and hedgerows to wildflowers and deliberate planting to encourage wildlife.

“Hawke Ridge will also include open green spaces along the Bitham Brook, which will be complemented by easy access to the public right of way network, allowing workers at the site to enjoy the out-of-doors and make the most of the surrounding countryside.”

To discuss how new premises might influence your business plan please contact Lindsay Holdoway at HPH Ltd on 01225 480555 or for more information about opportunities at Hawke Ridge Business Park please call James Gregory at Alder King on 01793 428106 or John Mulholland at JLL on 0117 927 6691 or visit