Sunday 23rd Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Woolies takes the green approach

High street retailer Woolworths is leasing the first eco-friendly warehouse to be completed by Gazeley. Located at G Park, Bedford, the 41,875sq m speculatively developed distribution centre incorporates 11 environmentally beneficial initiatives suggested in Gazeley’s two-year, £660,000 EcoTemplate research completed last year.

The centre, which Woolworths has taken on a 25-year lease, will serve the retailer’s distribution network covering stores in the South-east. Woolworths currently trades from 821 stores within the UK.

EcoTemplate is based on a belief that Gazeley, together with its customers and competitors can make a difference to the environment and it is therefore making the research available to all those in the industry – including competitors. The Eco initiatives at G Park Bedford and all of Gazeley’s future eco-efficient developments have been made available to Woolworths, and all potential occupiers, at no extra cost.

Neil Ashworth, director of distribution at Woolworths, comments: “When seeking a first class large-scale facility to service our distribution needs we were confident that Gazeley could deliver. The fact that this new unit reflects our logistics requirement and also underpins our policy of being a socially responsible retailer has made the decision to locate at G Park Bedford all the more easy.”

Nigel Godfrey, development director for Gazeley, says: “We are delighted to have secured such a renowned retailer as Woolworths for the very first EcoTemplate building. EcoTemplate is an industry model upon which we can and should build future warehouse accommodation.”

The Woolworths unit completes the lettings at G Park Bedford, already home to Argos and Asda.