Amazon has taken a 310,000 sq ft speculative unit at Prologis Park Dunstable in Bedfordshire.
The new distribution centre, which will be operational by the autumn, will bring 500 permanent jobs to the town. The distribution centre, which Prologis built speculatively, completed in autumn 2014. It has achieved an EPC ‘A’ (12) rating and BREEAM ‘outstanding’ accreditation.
Jason Longhurst, director of business and regeneration at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “Location was important to the success of this deal, as was the enormous benefit of having previously assigned a Local Development Order to this area, which really helped to speed things up for Amazon. We are now working on a recruitment and training programme with Amazon to help fulfil the 500 jobs.”
“Over the last two years, we have added well in excess of 2,000 new employees to our UK workforce and we are delighted to be able to create a further 500 permanent jobs at our new Dunstable centre,” said John Tagawa, Director of UK Operations at Amazon. “We look forward to our Dunstable centre playing an integral role in providing a first class shopping experience for customers across the UK, Europe and the world.”
Amazon has invested well over £1 billion in its UK Operations to date. The new site in Dunstable will work with Amazon’s existing fulfilment centres across the UK to ensure that millions of customers receive their items on time and in perfect condition. Amazon already has eight fulfilment centres in UK, which are located in Doncaster, Dunfermline, Gourock, Hemel Hempstead, Marston Gate, Peterborough, Rugeley and Swansea Bay. Together, more than 7,000 permanent employees work at these centres.
Savills and Colliers International acted for Prologis.