The 114 acre site was used by the Ministry of Defence during World War Two as a salvage and recycle depot for crashed aircraft. After the war, the site became part of the Royal Navy as a manufacturing facility until the early 1990s, when the site was sold to companies who used the site for logistic purposes and warehousing.
In 2009, the owners went into Administration, with the lenders, Anglo Irish Bank foreclosing on the debt assets.
Chris purchased the asset and was able to secure planning permission for 850 houses and the expansion of the bonded warehousing element, breathing new life into this key part of the town.
The site was eventually sold to housing developers, with the location now being regarded as a ‘physical regeneration’ success.