Plans for a new, national sortation centre for Home Delivery Network have been submitted to Rugby Council by company owner Trenport.
Home Delivery Network currently delivers goods purchased through ‘Littlewoods Shop Direct’ home shopping catalogue and on-line shopping and a number of other retailers from a facility in Droitwich. The need to replace and expand an outdated facility at Droitwich was the key driver behind the purchase of the 140- acre former Peugeot factory at Ryton.
The proposed main building for Home Delivery network is a single 15m high cross-docked warehouse totalling 232,744sq ft. There will also be a 33,528.16 sq ft ancillary office building over three storeys as well as an 8,629.52 sq ft garage, a security hut and a fuel island.
The proposals also envisage 483 off door trailer bays, together with a further 122 on door trailer bays. There are also 150 ‘tractor’ bays and 10 ‘shunter’ bays. Car parking will be provided for staff of approximately 276 spaces along with cycle parking in accordance with adopted standards. The total site covers some 33 acres.
On commencement of operations, on-site employment will amount to some 450 staff working over two shifts. It is expected that over three years this will increase to 650 staff working a three-shift system. In addition there will be 50 ancillary staff. It is expected that the fleet of vehicles will also result in around 150 drivers operating from the site, although again this may increase marginally over time.
Subject to approval, Trenport believes construction of the Home Delivery Network building will commence in January 2008. It is expected that it will be in use by September 2009, the commencement of the peak operational season in the lead up to Christmas.
The building will include a number of eco-initiatives including the use of a ‘Solar Wall’ system. The system would collect useful heat within an outer skin along the south east and south west elevations of the building and would redirect the heat into the warehouse area. It is the objective that this option could be combined with other forms of renewable energy technology to reach the required 10 per cent renewable energy target required by the council.
An application has also been submitted for a plot totalling 64 acres, which Trenport will sell once planning has been approved. A plot of 26 acres has already been sold to developer ProLogis.