Friday 28th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Sainsbury’s to open 1 million sq ft rail connected warehouse

Sainsbury’s has finally sealed an agreement to take a 1 million sq ft rail connected warehouse at Prologis’ Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT II).

   Roger Burnley

“The distribution centre at DIRFT II is a significant investment for Sainsbury’s,” said Roger Burnley, managing director, general merchandise, clothing and logistics, at Sainsbury’s.

“We are always looking at ways to serve our customers better and this depot will provide us with a central location to support our growing general merchandise business. We look forward to working with the team at Prologis to deliver this important addition to our logistics network.”

Located beside the M1 motorway and the West Coast Mainline railway, the new facility will have both road and rail operations. A new intermodal terminal, which will connect to the existing DIRFT railway sidings, will be installed alongside the building. The distribution centre itself has been designed to achieve BREEAM 2011 ‘very good’ accreditation and the best possible EPC rating for its size.

“We understood some years ago that rail would become increasingly important to the logistics sector and we have invested in strategic rail-connected sites,” said Andrew Griffiths, managing director, Prologis UK.

23846  DIRFT II

“We were therefore able to understand Sainsbury’s requirements and to provide a facility that meets the company’s operational and CSR needs. As Sainsbury’s decision demonstrates, the move towards rail freight is now gathering momentum.”

Prologis expects to start work on site in early 2013 and the facility will be complete in autumn 2014.

Cushman & Wakefield acted for Sainsbury’s, while Jones Lang LaSalle and Burbage Realty represented Prologis.