BP has selected Birmingham-based regeneration specialist St Modwen as its preferred developer for a 2,500-acre portfolio of brownfield sites situated across South Wales, Scotland, the Midlands and South East England.
St Modwen, which has plenty of experience reclaiming former industrial sites such as Longbridge, was chosen after an extensive and thorough selection process. Once the portfolio of sites is complete, work will begin on an extensive programme of remediation works. The sites are likely to be redeveloped into a mix of uses and will be predominantly employment-led commercial development.
St Modwen chief executive Bill Oliver said: “Cleaning up the landscape and transforming sites into attractive developments, in which people can work and live, is at the heart of what St Modwen does.”
He said there was still plenty to do before the remediation work and subsequent development could begin. However, he said the firm was looking forward to continuing its relationship with BP.
The portfolio includes six sites in Neath – Baglan Bay, Crymlyn Burrows, Neath Transit Site, Neath Air Force Reserve Depot, Neath Canal Company and Llandarcy Park.
Other Welsh sites are in Barry, Pembrokeshire and Queens Dock, Swansea.
In England, the sites are in Thames Road, Crayford, and Market Drayton.
The Scottish sites are all in West Lothian – Pumpherston, Roman Camp and Addiewell.
BP general manager David Toman said: “BP has been working closely in partnership with St Modwen on the redevelopment of the 1,000-acre former Llandarcy oil refinery in Neath into the Coed D’Arcy urban village.
“The strength of its business, coupled with its excellent remediation and brownfield regeneration credentials further underlined to us why they should be the developer who will remediate and redevelop this complex portfolio of sites.”