Banbridge creamery site goes on market for £9.5 million

Banbridge creamery site goes on market for £9.5 million
Credit: Lisney

The Lakeland Dairies site at Banbridge has been placed on the market for almost £10 million.

The overall site on which the main buildings are located amounts to an area circa 12.3 acres, on the Rathfriland Road, adjacent to the A1 dual carriageway.

The agricultural site to the south-east is approximately 4.2 acres giving a total site area in the region of 16.5 acres.

Commercial agent, Lisney has listed the creamery site for sale on its website for £9.5 million.

In November 2023 Lakeland Dairies announced the closure of the Banbridge creamery, with the butter churning and packing and powder storage site set to close in June this year and several jobs expected to be impacted.

In a statement at the time, a spokesperson said that redundancies would be “necessary”.

“Between now and quarter one of 2025, significant change will be implemented across the Lakeland Dairies business to ensure the co-operative is well placed to meet future market requirements with a realigned processing footprint to match milk supply profiles,” said the spokesperson.

The buildings on the site at Banbridge are predominantly made up of quality warehouse accommodation with eaves ranging from 6-9 metres and loading bays or electric roller shutter doors throughout, according to the Lisney website, and they can be immediately utilised by a range of end users with little to no reconfiguration or capital expenditure.

The additional 4.2 acre agricultural site to the south-east can be accessed from the main site via a tunnel under the A1 dual carriageway. The agent says there may be scope for residential development or additional warehousing, subject to necessary planning consents.

Under the Banbridge/Newry and Mourne Area Plan 2015, the main dairy site at 30 Rathfriland Road is denoted as an “Existing Area of Economic Development” and is located with the settlement development limit of Banbridge. The agricultural site on the opposite side of the A1 dual carriageway is denoted as “Local Landscape Policy Area” and is outside the settlement development limit of Banbridge, however is immediately adjacent to the boundary.

Credit: Lisney