Supermarket giant Sainsbury is to take a 1m sq ft rail-freight linked distribution centre at Prologis’ Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT).
The new warehouse, part of the DIRFT II development, will allow Sainsbury’s to develop its national distribution operations in an energy-efficient, rail-connected facility.
Located beside the M1 motorway and the West Coast Mainline railway, the new facility will have both road and rail operations. A new intermodal terminal, which will connect to the existing DIRFT railway sidings, will be installed alongside the building.
Andrew Griffiths, managing director, Prologis UK, said: “As Sainsbury’s decision demonstrates, the move towards rail freight is now gathering momentum.”
Roger Burnley, managing director, General Merchandise, Clothing and Logistics, at Sainsbury’s, said: “We are always looking at ways to serve our customers better and this depot will provide us with a central location to support our growing general merchandise business.”
Prologis expects to start work on site in early 2013 and the facility will be complete in autumn 2014.
Cushman & Wakefield acted for Sainsbury’s, while Jones Lang LaSalle and Burbage Realty represented Prologis.