Adidas has taken a 360,000 sq ft national distribution centre and headquarters in Trafford Park, Manchester.
The company is taking a 15-year lease at a rent of £4.75 per sq ft on the former Hotpoint site, which is being redeveloped by St Modwen.
On completion the building will total 360,000 sq ft and boast 20m eaves. It will have 17 dock levellers and two level access doors, a 50kn/sqm floor loading and 20,000 sq ft of office space over two storeys.
In addition, the building will benefit from a sustainable drainage system, a rain water collection system, which will be used to flush the lavatories, as well as other environmental systems.
Completion of the building is scheduled for November, which will allow the facility to become operational in early 2008 after a substantial fit-out programme.
In addition to warehousing accommodation, the 15.7 acre centre will include parking for 250 cars and 60 lorries, and an external pallet store.
St Modwen is to submit a further planning application in February for the remaining ten acres of its estate in Trafford Park where a speculative light industrial and office scheme is proposed fronting Mosley Road.
Paul Batho of St Modwen said: “We are delighted to have won this prestigious contract which was by no means guaranteed to come to Trafford Park.
“Our professional team performed extremely well to meet a challenging timescale and the local authority responded positively which helped us win this major job creating opportunity.”
Adidas was thought to have a requirement in the market for some 500,000 sq ft of space.