Sainsburys pre-lets new frozen food distribution centre

Sainsburys is to set up its national frozen food distribution facility at Prologis Park Pineham in Northampton. The grocer has agreed to pre-let the 325,000 square foot warehouse, which lies next to Sainsburys existing 625,000 square foot distribution centre, and will have an interconnecting yard enabling operationally efficient workflow between the two units.

The next phase is for Sainsburys to get planning permission for the new centre. A reserved matters planning application will be submitted to Northampton Borough Council and when this is given the rubber stamp, construction is set to begin in 2017. The building that has been designed is set to achieve a minimum BREEAM ‘very good’ accreditation and the best possible EPC rating for its size. It is set for completion in early 2018.

The Sainsburys frozen food distribution centre will be the first building on the second phase of the Prologis Park Pineham development that has planning permission for a total of 1.1 million square foot of development. It is located next to Juntion 15a of the M1 at Northampton and is at the heart of the UK’s motorway network with quick access to London and the Midlands.

“We have been working with Sainsbury’s for many years, so we are delighted that the company has decided to expand its facilities at Prologis Park Pineham,” said Andrew Griffiths, managing director of Prologis UK. “By investing in the second phase of the park, we have been able to offer Sainsburys an opportunity that meets the company’s exact requirements.”

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