Developer reveals plans for EV super charging hub in Crawley

Real estate investor and developer Sixpenny Group has revealed plans to create a state-of-the-art electric vehicle super charging hub at the Manor Royal business park in Crawley, West Sussex.

The project will see a redundant 19,000 sq.ft office block demolished and replaced with a 28 charging bay hub and two prime retail and restaurant units, which the developer is letting to a national supermarket and food-on-the-go operator.

Acquired off market, the one-acre site is on Gatwick road in the heart of the Manor Royal Business District, home to over 600 businesses employing over 30,000 people.

Planning permission for the charging hub is currently being sought and it’s anticipated the facility will be open to customers in early-to-mid 2025.

It will provide 28 charging bays with a mixture of 22, 180, 240 and 400 kilowatt chargers, with eight dedicated charging stations for long wheelbase commercial vans.

The hub will also feature a high specification BESS (Battery Energy Storage System) capable of providing one megawatt output for 2 hours (2 MVA).

In addition to 5,500 sq.ft of retail and restaurant units, the site will also feature a ‘pocket park’ providing a space for customers and the public.

Sixpenny Group are developing the new facility with joint partners Arcus-PCD.

The development in Crawley marks the beginning of a series of planned EV Hubs focused on building capacity across Greater London and the south of the UK. The joint venture is actively working on securing the next locations to continue this expansion.

Egor Shestakov, Director of Sixpenny Group, said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity to transform unproductive office space into EV facilities that are very much in demand within the UK’s largest industrial Business Improvement District.

“As a purpose-driven SME we’re focused on opportunities like this where our vision and commitment to sustainability and community will deliver long-term value for all stakeholders.”

David Bowcock, Director of Sixpenny Group, said:

“Working with our partners at Arcus-PCD we have a strong track record of creating highly investible assets and are looking forward to bringing another world-class development to Manor Royal. The new charging facility will help address the growing demand for rapid chargers, which are currently in short supply.

“With its proximity to the airport and other transport networks the location is booming, so bringing high quality EV charging capacity and facilities will help underpin its sustainable growth.”

Pictured: CGI of the EV Super Charging Hub at the Manor Royal business park in Crawley.

Image courtesy of Sixpenny Group.

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