Landscaping and tree planting is now underway at the new Bridgwater Gateway business park as work continues apace on the £150 million scheme. 


Yeovil-based Somerset Landscapes has begun work on an eight-week tree planting contract at the 100-acre site, which is adjacent to junction 24 of the M5. The design of the landscaping was carried out by another local business, landscape architects Swan Paul, based in Taunton.    


Bridgwater Gateway is the newest business park development on the M5 corridor. The first phase of the mixed-use scheme will feature a range of new office and commercial buildings, together with a four-star hotel with conference facilities and a Premier Inn, which is already under construction.  


Phil Wade, Development Manager at Bridgwater Gateway, said the first phase of the work involves landscaping the entrance area and principal trees along the estate roads. 


“Health, wellbeing and community will be at the heart of everything we do at Bridgwater Gateway and being able to come to work in an attractive, green space is a key part of that,” he said. 


“We want to create the best possible environment in order for businesses to thrive here and have made a conscious decision to involve local companies in this process.”  


Tim Davies, head of the South West and Wales at Colliers International, which is the property agent for the scheme, said: “When it is complete, Bridgwater Gateway will be a beautiful landscaped site which enjoys views towards the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 


“The aim is to provide all the practical needs and facilities of a business park, but in a setting that allows harmony and an increased diversity in the environment.”