Honor Wilson Head of Marketing & Communications

GMI Construction Group PLC CEO Lee Powell has described the Symmetry Park site in Merseyside as a ‘really good example of collaborative working’ as the logistics facility nears completion.

Lee, who visited the site last week, was bowled over by the work undertaken by the site team led by Project Manager Andy Young and is relishing the prospect of seeing the state-of-the-art build handed over to client Tritax in the coming months.

Breathing new life into a disused colliery in Knowsley, the project comprises 161,900 sq. ft of storage and distribution floorspace including ancillary offices, security gatehouse, site access road, engineering earthworks to form a part country park, public car park and associated works.

“This is a really good example of collaborative working where we sit down with Tritax from day one and we understand what their masterplan is and we understand what their pipeline is,” said Lee.

“We are here to fulfil their construction requirements and these products are testament to that. We’re handing over these buildings on time for them, to a really good quality and we can start to get that standardisation right.

“Ultimately, we fully understand their product.”

The development sits just off the M62 and is in a prime position as numerous corners of the north experience significant regeneration in relation to the Government’s desire of levelling up.

Lee added: “What a fantastic site this is – you drive down the M62, you peel off the motorway and you come to this site right next to the main infrastructure.

“What a brilliant site it is for the levelling up agenda, for local employment – it’s just superb.”

Sustainable in build and set to be awarded BREEAM ‘Excellent’ certification, Project Manager Andy Young is proud of the work that has gone into delivering a stunning construction.

“I’ve got a team behind me as well as a team in front of me that I can call upon when we come into any difficulties,” said Andy.

“We have a lot of sub-contractors on the job such as the likes of Weststone, Compass SAL and G&H Services who are all of a similar mindset and bringing their skills to the party to complete this magnificent build for Tritax.”

GMI continue to build a close relationship with Tritax, who have collaborated with the business on numerous projects, highlighting the growing understanding between both parties.

“Symmetry Park is one of five projects which we have either previously delivered or have on site now,” explained Lee.

“We have over 430,000 sq. ft in Doncaster that we’re constructing for them right now and getting close to completion.

“Now we have this superb product here coming together and it all started with the Croda Chemicals project in Goole. Tritax are a fantastic client, and we look forward to continuing our work with them.”

Lee was undertaking first of many onsite visits in 2023 as he affirms his commitment to meeting the people that make the business tick on a day-to-day basis.

Discussing a series of topics on camera, there will be more from Lee in the coming weeks as he talks work culture, sustainability, the importance of GMI apprentices and where he sees the business going.