Asda colleagues celebrated the opening of the £55m depot together with local dignitaries, including the Lord and Lady Mayoress, elected Lord Mayor, George Ferguson and community partners.
Invited guests took a tour of the 492,000 sq ft warehouse, which incorporates many carbon and energy efficiency features such as single skin chill-chambers, rainwater harvesting, combined heat & power, and occupier lighting.
Head of engineering & capacity of Asda Logistics Services, Ant Everett, said: “The new distribution centre has capacity to support 78 Superstores and 45 supermarkets, and is strategically placed to help Asda expand into the south of the UK. The depot is situated on the 50-acre site that also features a brand new Asda Recycling Centre due to be commissioned and operational early in the new year, bringing a total investment of over £70m to the Avonmouth region.”
Over 600 colleagues have migrated from the old depot, four miles away at Portbury Dock Industrial Estate, to the new facility that includes a restaurant serving locally sourced food and fully equipped colleague gym.
General manager, Phil Chapman, commented: “We are delighted that so many members of the local community and Asda colleagues chose to celebrate what is a milestone both for the local community and Asda’s future in the South West. I was very proud to welcome guests to view this impressive site and share our excitement as we focus on delivering a first class operation here in Avonmouth.”
Asda Logistics Services Bristol CDC Stats & Facts
- Total of £70m investment
- 50-acre site - equivalent to 28 Wembley football pitches
- 485,0000 sq ft CDC
- 110,000 sq ft ASC
- 36.5 miles of steel used in construction – equivalent to almost 40x the length of Severn Bridge
- 69,000 bolts
- A-Rated energy performance certificate
ASC volumes (first full year)
- 18.5m trays
- 25,000 tonnes of cardboard and plastic