Fresh Logistics Services had its new home, The East Midlands Logistics Centre, opened on Friday 24th of July by The Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP.
The event featured many special guests and exhibitors including the MP for Derby North, Amanda Solloway, and the buildings original architect, Ted Cullinan CBE.
One of the most architecturally significant buildings in the East Midlands designed for Olivetti back in the 1970s, the newly formed East Midlands Logistics Centre (EMLC.space) was the idea of Fresh Logistics managing director, Alan White.
Mr McLoughlin described the project as a: "Derby success story. Starting Fresh Logistics in the middle of the recession and growing substantially year on year, to now moving to and creating the East Midlands Logistics Centre is a fantastic and recognisable achievement."
EMLC.space is the first of its kind in the region, a logistics hub available for all, bringing together a cluster of experts that can share knowledge across the section. The site’s facilities include serviced offices, a full conference centre complete with catering facilities, breakout and meeting rooms, substantial parking and an outdoor garden. It will also pay homage to the building’s heritage with a display cabinet full of original Olivetti typewriters from the early 1900s.
The day included Ted Cullinan CBE, RA, RIBA, HonFRIAS projecting free hand sketches onto several screens whilst discussing the reasoning behind the intricate nature of the building. Many members of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and local architects were honoured to be given the chance to liaise with the RIBA 2008 Royal Gold Medal Winner.
Amanda Solloway MP stated ‘I was delighted to be invited to the opening of Fresh Logistics new depot in Derby. Not only was it great to be a part of this success story but you could sense the enthusiasm that team had for the project and the positive atmosphere that was generated throughout. I found the building particularly inspiring and sensitively restored maintaining much of its heritage. I was particularly impressed that meetings rooms were named after members of the team- how cool is that’.