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Co-op completes work on its sustainable distribution centre

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Construction work at the Co-op’s new 661,000 sq ft London and South East RDC is complete ahead of a planned 2022 opening.

Tritax Symmetry, Tritax Big Box’s dedicated logistics development business, says that fit out work at the deep-green regional distribution centre has now begun.

The unit is at Symmetry Park Biggleswade, off the A1 trunk road and 29 miles north of the M25. The new centre, built by Winvic Construction, will support the Co-op’s future growth ambitions across London, the South and South East.

Uniquely, the distribution centre will use energy from Co-op’s energy buying co-operative, Co-op Power. By using Co-op Power, the centre will share energy from 100 percent renewable sources. As a result, the centre is projected to make a saving of £3 million over 20 years. Co-op Power’s plans for the centre include installing 3.5 ME of solar PV in roof and supply balance from Biggleswade wind farm.

Andy Perry, Supply Chain & Logistics Director at the Co-op, said: “This building will be one of the greenest depots in the country, running on 100% renewable electricity and will create a modern, positive working environment.”

“Making sure we have the right distribution facilities to deliver improved service and availability now, and in the future, is our priority. Our attention now is focused on the fit-out and seeing this huge empty building turn into a fully-functional distribution centre of the highest standard.”

 Tritax has planning consent for four mores units on the site totalling 577,000 sq ft.

Mathews & Goodman represented Co-op.

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