Birch Coppice Business Park was purchased as a disused colliery in 1997 from UK Coal, and over 20 years IM Properties have transformed the park into a thriving business environment, investing £350 million over three phases into the scheme alongside careful landscaping to create a high-quality business environment. IM have worked closely with North Warwickshire Borough Council over the course of the project to deliver on the borough’s aspirations for job creation, with 38% of employees of the scheme living within 5 miles of the scheme.
Birch Coppice is regionally recognised as a leading employment site in the region and is now home to over 21 occupiers including Ocado, UPS, Dräxlmaier and Euro Car Parts. The scheme has also won numerous awards including the Birmingham Post Regeneration of the Year in 2012, and the IAS Development of the Year in 2015.
IM Properties also paid respect to Birch Coppices’ former uses and worked with the local community to erect a miner’s memorial in 2012 at the entrance to the scheme. At its peak, Birch Coppice colliery employed around 1,500 miners, surface workers and staff, now the park is home to over 6500 jobs.
Today the scheme has in excess of 370,000 sq m of occupied floorspace, and has top connectivity links via the £15 million freight rail connection
Today the scheme has in excess of 370,000sqm of occupied floorspace, and has top connectivity links via the £15 million freight rail connection constructed in 2005 (update this with news in article).
Birch Coppice is the blueprint for how IM Properties want to deliver future employment sites, by engaging local communities and creating projects that deliver genuine social and economic benefits.
When was the site acquired: May 2014
Sold for: £98m to TH Real Estate in January 2018
Total Investment: £30m redevelopment