Carrington Gateway (HIMOR)

Regeneration of former petrochemical plant
220,000 sq ft
September 2020
AEW Architects


The Carrington site was previously home to the Shell petrochemical plant and was identified as one of the largest regeneration projects of its type in the Country.

Eric Wright Construction were contracted to construct six industrial units totalling 218,884 sq ft and associated external works. Each of the units were developed on a speculative basis in order to allow flexibility throughout the design and construction phases.

EWC have successfully negotiated a further contract with Himor to rationalise the site to enable further significant development to take place.

Wider plans for the development feature a further 725 homes, more than 750,000 sq ft of commercial / industrial space, and 10,000 sq ft of retail.

Key Challenges

The area was at moderate risk from possible Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) from the Second World War. Specialists carried out a risk assessment and found the majority of site was low risk with some undeveloped areas moderate to high.

On site, EWC were working directly adjacent to a COMAH Tier 1 site with interface and works undertaken within their site.


There were a number of major accident hazard pipelines crossing the site, including a gas main serving power station, extensive peat layers at circa 3m depth and high water table at circa 1m depth below OGL 8No. Utility diversions were completed and safety measures are in place to ensure safety for the client and site team.

Added Value

EWC has set up wheel washing facilities at the site exits to prevent contamination of the local roads and this will be regularly supplemented through the deployment of road sweeping vehicles to the surrounding roads.

The site team have undertaken a number of STEM (Science, technology, engineering and maths) activities at a local school, Lady of Lourdes RC Primary School.

EWC have also provided a work placement for a college student from Trafford College, Stretford.

“EWC clearly understood the client and stakeholder’s requirements, particularly as this was a COMAH site and their approach throughout was professional, collaborative and open engaging with consultants, suppliers and subcontractors from an early stage, which resulted in a very positive relationship with our client. In summary, we have no hesitation recommending Eric Wright Construction Ltd as a company to provide such services”
James Kitchen
Associate for Ridge and Partners LLP

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