UK’s largest independent builders’ merchant to move onto former Gloucester RAF site

The UK’s largest independent builders’ merchant, MKM, is the latest business to move onto the 340-acre former RAF Quedgeley site south of Gloucester, now known as Kingsway Park.

By Andrew Merrell  |  Published
Robert Hitchins expects new tenant MKM to move into the new 20,000 square foot, two-storey building in Newhaven Road in November 2022.
Robert Hitchins expects new tenant MKM to move into the new 20,000 square foot, two-storey building in Newhaven Road in November 2022.

Major Gloucestershire developer Robert Hitchins Ltd has announced the arrival of the UK’s largest independent builders’ merchant, MKM, at its Kingsway Park site in Gloucester.

The move marks the completion of the Boddington firm’s scheme to transform the 340-acre former RAF Quedgeley, with its original masterplan including 3,300 homes, a 40-acre employment site, community and leisure facilities, retail units, sports area and a primary school.

Robert Hitchins won planning permission from Gloucester City Council in 2021 for MKM’s new 20,000 square foot, two-storey building on a 1.6-acre site in Newhaven Road, which includes a yard, loading area and customer parking for 22 vehicles.

Michael Plimmer, senior development manager for Robert Hitchins Ltd, said: ‘The company represents another top brand which complements the existing line of occupiers and facilities at Kingsway.’

Other national brands already on the Newhaven Road site include ASDA, Lidl, B&M, PureGym and Greene King.

The MKM Gloucester branch is due to open in November 2022 to both the public and trade customers, selling materials for landscaping, kitchens, bathrooms, timber, insulation, plumbing and heating.

MKM was founded in Kingston-Upon-Hull in 1995 and now has more than 90 UK branches, including one in Newent which opened in 2017.

Property agents Alder King and Carter Baynes represented Robert Hitchins Ltd. with Adept Consultancy UK acting for MKM.


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