Shepherd Group and Goodman form partnership to deliver strategic rail freight interchange


Shepherd Group and property group Goodman have entered into a partnership to develop a new Strategic Rail Freight Interchange incorporating approximately five million sq ft of manufacturing and distribution space in Etwall, Derbyshire.

The partnership will work with the site’s owner, Etwall Land Limited, to deliver the scheme which will give a major economic boost to the area providing up to potentially 6,000 new jobs.  Strategically located between the M1 and the M6, the site is adjacent to the A50 and A38 andToyota’sUKmanufacturing plant. Once constructed, it will enable the region’s businesses to efficiently and sustainably produce and deliver goods to the widerUKand international market.

Mark Perkins, Chief Executive, Shepherd Group Built Environment said: 

“This is a wonderful opportunity to transform sustainable transport links for the region for the benefit of existing businesses while also encouraging inward investment and creating jobs for the local community.”  

“Shepherd Group has a strong in-house capability for delivering strategic development projects while acting sensitively and responsibly towards the environments in which it operates. We will seek to play a positive and beneficial role in delivering this exciting regeneration project and look forward to working with all stakeholders to ensure the very best outcome for all concerned.“

Charles Crossland, Managing Director, GoodmanUKLogistics said:

“This is an exciting opportunity for Goodman and Shepherd Group to create a major new rail connected distribution site in a prime location.  Goodman has much experience in developing this kind of scheme throughout the world, and this site offers enormous potential, subject to planning, for businesses looking to benefit from the site’s excellent location and transport links.”

“From an economic viewpoint, the new strategic rail freight hub will act as a stimulus to attract further investment into the area and enhance the region’s reputation as a key business location."

A public consultation process in respect of the project will commence immediately.