About Burnley Bridge

Burnley Bridge is the brainchild of Eshton, a privately-owned property development and investment business that actively identifies regeneration sites to transform locations, drive inward investment and create jobs.

The Leeds firm has established a track record of creating commercial property developments that forge strong partnerships and create imaginative, professional and profitable projects.

After identifying an opportunity for regeneration back in 2007, Eshton acquired 70 acres of redundant land with no access to the motorway network. Working with public sector stakeholders and regional development bodies to promote the site’s commercial and economic potential, the company secured planning permission to establish Burnley Bridge.

The project that required land assembly, infrastructure and construction saw the first occupier, YESSS Electrical, arrive in May 2014. It is now home to a vast array of businesses who in total occupy 627,720 sq ft. Occupiers include Townsend Music, Birchall Foodservice, Equinox, Exertis and Fagan & Whalley.

Since it was launched by The Secretary of State for Business in February 2014, Burnley Bridge has become a major commercial hub in Lancashire, notably due to the new Exertis national distribution centre which, at 543,620 sq ft, is the largest building on the site to-date.

Burnley Bridge Phase Two

Building on the success of Burnley Bridge and to further develop the next generation of employment space, Eshton is increasing its investment on the M65 corridor with the launch of Burnley Bridge Phase Two.

In addition to the existing Phase 1 70-acre site, the second phase, a 10-acre plot called Titanium Park is able to accommodate units of up to 70,000 sq ft.


Eshton is passionate about quality, sustainability and delivery, meaning that Burnley Bridge meets environmental as well as aesthetic standards whilst demonstrating the developer’s attention to detail and ability to create highly flexible commercial accommodation.

At Burnley Bridge your business can benefit from:

  • High quality, energy-efficient and flexible accommodation to enable growth
  • Serviced site package options
  • Direct access to J9 of the M65
  • A skilled and affordable local workforce.


Situated in East Lancashire and titled ‘Best Place in the UK to make a Living 2016’ and the ‘Most Enterprising Area in the UK 2013’, Burnley has excellent growth potential. Whilst the area offers breath-taking countryside and natural beauty, it also boasts a wide range of affordable homes, heritage properties and excellent amenities.

Burnley Bridge is located west of Burnley town centre. The grade ‘A’ development is of local, regional and national significance. It enhances Burnley’s importance as a distribution hub and a centre for manufacturing, creating a new landmark for Junction 9 of the M65 from where occupiers can easily access the entire UK motorway network.

Approximate distances:

  • Preston – 20 miles
  • Manchester – 27 miles
  • Albert Dock, Liverpool – 51miles
  • Leeds – 47 miles
  • Birmingham – 120 miles
  • Edinburgh – 206 miles
  • London – 242 miles.

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  • November 2007 – Site known as Pollard Moor Works acquired by Eshton Ltd
  • April 2008 – Land assembly completed allowing the construction of the bridge link to the motorway
  • February 2010 – Outline planning permission granted for the construction of Bridge link and 650,000 sq ft of B1, B2 and B8 space
  • March 2010 – Lease signed with British Waterways leasing air space over the Leeds Liverpool Canal
  • December 2011 – Grant Funding Agreement signed with ERDF
  • May 2012 – Detailed Planning granted for development of Phase 1 units
  • January 2013 – Growing Places loan agreement signed
  • February 2013 – Eric Wright Civil Engineering appointed to construct the Bridge and Phase 1 infrastructure
  • August 2013 – GMI Construction appointed to build 29,000 sq ft Magnesium Court and refurbish 64,000 sq ft Cobalt Building
  • September 2013 – Bridge Beams lowered into place
  • February 2014 – Burnley Bridge officially opened by The Rt Hon Vince Cable MP
  • March 2014 – Planning permission granted for further 10,000 sq ft at Magnesium Court
  • May 2014 – First Occupier comes to Burnley Bridge with Yesss Electrical signing a lease to take the 6,500 sq ft Unit 3 at Magnesium Court
  • June 2014 – Stainforth construction appointed to build Block C at Magnesium Court
  • September 2014 – Equinox Building Services acquire Unit 1 in Block B Magnesium Court
  • September 2014 – Planning Permission granted for 543,620 sq ft National Distribution Centre
  • October 2014 – Birchalls Food Services purchase the 64,100 sq ft Cobalt Building
  • November 2014 – Stainforths complete construction of 10,000 sq ft at Block C
  • December 2014 – Block C sold to Townsend Music
  • April 2015 – Deal signed with Exertis to build their new NDC on Burnley Bridge
  • April 2015 – Bowman and Kirkland appointed as main contractor for the Exertis NDC and begin work on site.
  • April 2015 – Growing Places loan repaid – 8 months ahead of schedule
  • December 2016 – Planning permission for Titanium Park granted