Tuesday 25th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Long search ends with success for Morrisons

Supermarket Morrisons has finally secured a South West ROC after several years’ search.

The new facility, on a 59.1-acre plot at Bridgwater, Somerset, will total 767,500 sq ft and include 380,000 sq ft for bulk goods, a 110,000 sq ft chill unit, an 80,000 sq ft frozen warehouse as well as 14,250 sq ft of two-storey offices, and a banana ripening and vegetable packing depot. There will be parking for 550 cars and room for 206 trailers.

The development is part of a far larger mixed-use scheme, which will see the regeneration of the former lnnovia facility and greenfield land up to Junction 23 of the M5 motorway ?totalling 326 acres. The 1.18 million sq ft scheme being promoted by Hallam Land Management, the strategic land arm of the Henry Boot Group, will also include 2,000 homes as well as a primary school, office development and trade units. The total development could employ an estimated 2,800 people.

Nick Duckworth of Hallam said:

“The council have been clear that they are seeking an employment-led strategy that directly benefits local residents and businesses, and we are particularly pleased to have secured the interest of such a respected company as Wm Morrison in this development.”