Sainsbury’s has won permission for a 680,000 sq ft distribution depot at the Houndmills Estate in Basingstoke.
The retailer will demolish its existing distribution warehouse complex on Houndmills Road and extend it following the acquisition of 10 acres of adjacent land from Linde. The complex development will be phased allowing Sainsbury’s to continue to distribute from the depot during construction.
It is thought the retailer will invest some £100m in the project. The new depot will include a 550,000 sq ft chilled and ambient storage as well as 22,500 sq ft of offices on a 38 acre site. There will be parking for 400 cars as well as 11 HGV spaces.
Sainsbury’s has been associated with the site for forty years and employs some 700 people. It is expected a further 100 jobs will be available when completed.