Saturday 1st Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Asda looks to Amazon Park

Asda is close to taking a 350,000 sq ft distribution centre at the Amazon Business Park in Newton Aycliffe.

The deal comes hot on the heels of the announcement that Hitachi Rail Europe has secured a 450,000 sq ft facility on the same scheme owned by Newcastle upon Tyne-based Merchant Place Developments who own the site in partnership with Durham County Council.

The train assembly building will be provided for Hitachi as a turn-key project on a 31.5 acres site. MPD director Geoff Hunton says it is a major success for Amazon Park adding that other deals for a further 350,000 sq ft are well advanced.

The Amazon Park site is adjacent to the Aycliffe Business Park and one mile from Junction 59 of the A1M motorway. The business park is a major regional employment area with over 200 companies and around 8,000 employees and the overall location is seen as a prime distribution hub for the region.

The retailer is looking at the region for a logistics centre for the George at Asda range, and had previously considered the Wynyard Business Park near Hartlepool.
The county council had earmarked Amazon Park as a strategic site for inward investment and it has had planning permission for 1.4 million sq ft for some five years. The developer is actively seeking pre-lets through its agent, Cushman & Wakefield.