Formally the site of Markham Colliery, this project sees a hugely significant local landmark reimagined. Whereas logistics and manufacturing parks are usually isolated islands, the vision for Markham Vale was for it to become a vibrant hub, and key employment site for the community. A dedicated M1 junction made it a hotspot just off the motorway and locked in the scheme’s potential.
We came on board in partnership with Derbyshire County Council in 2004. The sheer size and ambition of the scheme made it a challenge that we knew we wanted to see through. With 200 acres to transform, we set our sights on delivering each stage of the infrastructure to time, and working alongside stakeholders, we wanted to keep the spirit of Markham’s history alive. We’re proud to have achieved both.
The 2.4 million square feet is split across three areas. To the east, Markham Vale offers strategically located spaces not only for distribution, but manufacturing and logistics too. Uptake has already been fantastic. We’ve seen local businesses and international players alike thrive in their bases, everything from a local gin distillery to a new base for Grangers, where they produce their patented cherry blossom shoe polish. Some companies have been so satisfied that they expanded and replicated their experience.
To the west, you’ll find the The Little Castle pub, plus a whole host of amenities. Instead of remote warehouses, Markham Vale is a logistics park with a difference. As well as providing high-spec spaces, there’s a business community and learning centre on site. It focuses on the ongoing development of staff, including initiatives to skill up adults with learning difficulties.
With the site established, it’s incredible to see it now generating the same number of jobs as the Markham Colliery had done. To honour its origins, HBD has worked closely with community representatives to install a memorial to the miners lost in local disasters. Together, we created a public arts project that will feature 150 figures who will ‘walk’ from the surrounding villages to the colliery, a reminder of this site’s legacy and the hopes for its future.