June 2023

West Ranga Management are delighted to announce that ground has been broken on their state of the art Connect-70 warehouse development in Bellshill.

Muir Construction Limited have been appointed as main contractor and are now on-site starting with sub structure preparation before the erection of the steelwork in early June. Over the next 39 weeks Muir Construction will join forces with West Ranga Management and their design team consisting of Ashton Smith Associates, Currie & Brown, Woolgar Hunter Engineers, Butler Consulting Engineers, and Turner & Townsend to successfully deliver this exciting new development which is due to complete in Q1 2024.

The Connect-70 development extends to 72,733 sq ft (6,757 sq m) on a site of 4.13 acres (1.67 hectares) and has been designed with sustainability in mind with a target to achieve EPC A and BREEAM ‘Very Good’ ratings. The building benefits from a range of sustainable credentials such as EV charging points, 15% roof lights, roof mounted Photovoltaic system and Air Source Heat Pumps, so the building can be heated without fossil fuels.

The design takes account of modern logistics operators’ requirements, with 12 metres eaves, eight dock loading bays, two level access doors and first floor offices extending to 3,714 sq ft (345 sq m). Externally the site will accommodate a 50-metre-deep concrete surfaced yard with 16 trailer parking bays and ample space for turning in addition to 42 car parking spaces, including eight EV charging and three disabled parking bays.

Phil Watson, Director of West Ranga Management said:

“We are excited to have reached this milestone and we look forward to working with Muir Construction given their enviable track record in delivering similar projects. Connect-70 has been designed to meet a shortfall in the supply of high-quality sustainable warehousing space across Scotland.”

David Fairweather Business Development Director at Muir Construction said

“We were delighted to be given the opportunity by West Ranga Management, to again demonstrate their design and build expertise in a market that whilst challenging, remains at the forefront of a recovering economy. Key to this is our continued presence in the area allowing us to sustainably support the local community with job, training and third sector project opportunities. We are also looking forward to continuing our work with DYW to engage with the local high school and college to help advise and mentor young people who may be interested in working in the construction industry.”