Plans for a 98,695 sq ft last mile distribution depot at Moorfield Park near Kilmarnock in Scotland have been linked to internet retailer Amazon.
Confirmation that the company will take the unit has yet to be confirmed. It has said it does not comment on rumour or speculation
However, the proposals put forward to East Ayrshire Council have elements that are remarkably similar to other schemes the internet retailer is linked with including a very distinctive multi-story van decking element, which no other parcel delivery firm bar Amazon, has yet used in the UK, as well as a single band of blue used on the building façade, which is closely linked to the company’s branding on other buildings in the UK.
The plans envisage a 98,695 sq ft facility with separate multi level van decking for 485 vehicles all of which will have EV charging.
The warehouse has 14m eaves as well as 8 dock level doors. It will operate 24/7.
In the planning documents put forward on behalf of property investor and developer West Ranga Property Group, it is revealed that the building is being built for a specific occupier ‘who proposes to use it as a ‘last mile’ distribution facility, where parcels are delivered via small vans to customers in the local area’.
At present, redistribution is undertaken by drivers owning their own vans for the most part, However, the occupier is looking to substantially enhance the size of its own fleet and to consolidate operations on one site. This has resulted in the current proposals for the van storage area, which occupies the northern portion of the Site. This area will accommodate the van fleet overnight while the drivers are not out on deliveries.
Local drivers would arrive at the site by various means of transport, collect a van and leave the site to make their deliveries. Those who drive to the site in their own car would use one of the vacated van storage spaces to accommodate their car while they are out on deliveries.
Plots 4, 5 and 6 at Moorfield Park, where the facility is to be built, are under offer subject to planning for a price in the region of £895,000 through Graham & Sibbald.