Warehouse firm agrees deal to move into former Brakes depot in Highbridge

PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 September 2017

Brakes, Bennett Road, Highbridge - Picture of outside of former Brakes Coldstore building, opposite Jewsons in Isleport Business Park.

Brakes, Bennett Road, Highbridge - Picture of outside of former Brakes Coldstore building, opposite Jewsons in Isleport Business Park.


Up to 100 jobs could be created in Highbridge after a pallet warehouse company agreed a deal to move into the former Brakes food depot.

Brakes Group’s warehouse in Isleport Business Park closed earlier this year, after the company found a new site in Portbury.

But a local business director is now setting up a new company called Works22 which is set to move into the Highbridge warehouse in the next 18 months.

Since opening Briarwood Products Limited on the Walrow Industrial Estate in 2015, director Oliver Janes says he has been looking for a new Highbridge site to take advantage of its ‘unrivalled’ transport links.

He also says he has ‘confidence’ in the town’s future.

He added: “Over the past year we have been looking for another site to redevelop into a nationwide warehousing and distribution hub, that will create possibilities of a further 100 jobs for the local area.

“Regarding the staff, as it is a redevelopment, the new site Works22 is an entirely separate company to Briarwood Products.

“And as it is in its infancy as yet has no employees.

“Works22 will be based at the old Brakes site, and it will be a nationwide pallet warehousing and distribution hub for anything from packaging to production machinery.

“Works22 will also make available for rent refurbished warehouse units from 10,000ft squared and multiple modern serviced office suites on the same site.

“We envisage the redevelopment will take 18 months.

“Our reasons for investing in another industrial site in Highbridge is due to a number of factors.

“These include the confidence in the future of Highbridge and ability to find high quality staff locally and also the unrivalled transport links be it rail, air, road and sea.”

The company will be the latest in a string of new business developments set to take place in Highbridge during the coming months.

Travelodge has submitted an application for planning permission to build a 75-bedroom hotel at the Isleport Business Park, next to an Aldi store which is due to open in 2018.

It is estimated these developments will create a combined total of around 60 full and part-time jobs.

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