Building work on 33 units at the iconic Botany Bay site in Chorley will deliver 405,000 sq ft of industrial and commercial space. 

Construction to start on 26M industrial park

Building work on 33 units at the iconic Botany Bay site in Chorley will deliver 405,000 sq ft of industrial and commercial space. 

Construction work on a new £26m industrial and commercial park at the historic 21-acre Botany Bay site in Chorley will start this month.

When complete, the scheme will deliver 33 units for light industrial and commercial use across 405,000 sq ft and a drive-thru food outlet.

FI Real Estate Management (FIREM) received planning permission for the development from Chorley Borough Council in July and the development will be the largest ever built by its construction arm, FI Construction.

FIREM manages assets totalling more than £1bn and founder and managing director, Tim Knowles said the Botany Bay development was one of the most important in the company’s 40-year history.

Tim said: “We want to create the highest quality industrial and commercial space for local businesses and those from further afield looking to make Lancashire their home.

“Botany Bay is an iconic location and the development will be built in two phases. The construction costs for phase one will be £26m and the fit out costs will add an estimated 10 per cent to the total bill.

“We’ve already significantly grown our FI Construction arm to deliver it. We’re also fully committed to provided further training and employment opportunities to local people as well as seeking new supply chain partners from across Lancashire to ensure FIREM’s investment benefits the local economy.”

The company employs 300 people across the Group and plans to add another 100 as part of its growth strategy.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, added: “It’s great news to see that work is starting on site at Botany Bay. It is a really important site for the borough and not only will it create new jobs, it will provide modern facilities for existing Chorley businesses to grow into and also opportunities for businesses to relocate here.

“As a council we are doing what we can to stimulate growth and it is just as important that we see private investors helping to make Chorley a better place to do business and this is a really good example of that.”

Once complete, the new development will provide units specifically designed for light industrial use. Unit sizes will range from 1,000 sq ft reaching 164,000 sq ft.

FIREM’s Botany Bay development forms part of its growing pipeline of new build projects across the UK, totalling 5m sq ft over the next four years. It sits within FIREM’s already extensive UK portfolio of commercial property which now exceeds 10m sq ft.

For more information on commercial, industrial and storage spaces available to let at Botany Bay Business Park please contact the Business Development Team at FI Real Estate Management on 01257 263 010 or via

About FI Real Estate Management:

Founded by Tim Knowles, FI Real Estate Management (FIREM) has 40 years’ experience of providing workspace, asset and property management and creating development opportunities for its diverse investment portfolio, which includes industrial, office, retail and residential sectors. Its single guiding principle is that every interaction and every challenge is an opportunity to create value.

FI Construction focuses on creating places of quality and distinction, with an approach defined by a commitment to excellence.

Its team specialises in large-scale industrial, residential and mixed-use developments, using their planning experience to bring together a strong supply chain of consultants and contractors to deliver projects of every type and size.

As a responsible developer, FIREM works closely with its partners, communities and authorities to ensure a cohesive approach is taken to all of its projects.