Thursday 27th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Asda centre nears completion

The construction of a new 7,246sq m design and build service centre at for food and clothing superstore chain Asda is nearing completion, says developer Gazeley. The facility, at Cambridge Road, Bedford, completes the first phase of development.

The new unit will be operated in conjunction with Asda’s existing chilled and frozen food distribution centre located nearby at Gazeley’s Marsh Leys development – G.Park Bedford. The environmentally-friendly service centre, which will be used for cleaning and recycling Asda’s packaging materials, is one of several distribution facilities that Gazeley has developed for Asda.

Phase two of the £40M site, branded G.Park Cambridge Road, Bedford, is being developed by Gazeley in joint venture partnership with Simons Estates and Whitbread Trust. Located immediately adjacent to the A421 Bedford Southern Bypass, the site totals 43 acres and has outline planning consent for a further 51,095sq m of distribution space. The development’s second phase will provide high-bay warehouses ranging in size from 3,716sq m to 27,870sq m.

The joint venture has appointed Brown & Lee and Savills as letting agents for the scheme, and they are marketing the remaining development plots at the site to potential occupiers on pre-let or sale basis. Quoting rents are in the region of £5.75 per sq ft.

James Behrens, development director for Gazeley, envisages “great interest from both local and national occupiers looking to follow Asda’s lead and locate their distribution network at this strategic site”.