On Friday the 16th of October, SHD Logistics' project editor Kirsty Adams, joined Kuehne + Nagel, the MOD and Leidos at a ‘ground breaking’ event in Donnington - to mark the start of the construction of an 80,000 sq mt Defence Fulfilment Centre (DFC).
The DFC will store food, clothing, general and medical supplies and bring the military’s logistics, commodities and support services up to the standard of industry best practice.
It will also deliver more efficient and effective processes across the supply chain through better storage and streamlined distribution, enhancing the level of support provided to UK Armed Forces.
The DFC is to be run by Team Leidos, and will take around one year to build and house two warehouses covering an area the same size as ten football pitches.
John Hartley, director of storage, distribution & freight at Kuehne + Nagel - a key subcontractor - told SHD Logistics that the project is a "strategic leap" for K+N - its first MOD contract - a "transformational deal."
Defence Minister Philip Dunne said: "I am very pleased to be able to mark the start of construction on the Defence Fulfilment Centre in Donnington...The Government is making a significant investment of £83 million in this state-of-the art, modern logistics centre benefiting both our Armed Forces and the local economy.
This forms part of our 10 year, £160 billion Equipment Plan, as well as our commitment to meeting NATO’s defence investment pledge."
MOD Chief of Materiel, (Land), Lieutenant General Sir Chris Deverell, said: "The start of construction on the fulfilment centre highlights how we are transforming the way we support the changing military requirements of our Armed Forces and improving levels of quality and service.
The modernisation of the way we store and distribute our military equipment will develop a supply chain that will be responsive to the needs of the military, whilst at the same time saving money for the MOD."
Managing director of Leidos Europe, Barbara Doornink, said:
Working together, and in partnership with the MOD, the companies that make up Team Leidos will deliver a better service for our Armed Forces and better value for the UK taxpayer.
We are already identifying areas for investment and improvement, and the DFC represents the first major step change in what can be delivered with modern infrastructure and IT.
Team Leidos consists of Leidos, a US company, supported by its key subcontractors Kuehne+Nagel and TVS Supply Chain Solutions.