AG Barr invests in soft drinks warehousing and production with Gazeley

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AG Barr, the soft drinks manufacturer behind the Irn-Bru, Tizer and Rubicon brands, is building a new 265,000sq ft warehouse and production plant at Magna Park Milton Keynes in partnership with logistics warehouses and distribution park developer Gazeley.

The project will be AG Barr’s largest investment in warehousing space, south of Scotland, to date.  

Work will commence on site soon and the building is scheduled to be completed in just over four months using Gazeley’s fast delivery methodology, known as G Track. AG Barr’s fit out will follow on. 

The new facility will boost local employment, creating over 100 new jobs in the local area.

According to Gazeley, the deal was secured as a result of the strategic location of Magna Park Milton Keynes, with easy and quick access to the M1; as well as the company’s track record in understanding individual customer requirements and delivering large scale buildings on time and on budget.

Alex Verbeek, UK country director at Gazeley, said: “Our first promise to our customers is to help them to grow their businesses safely. For every customer we work with we strive to break new ground in quality of service, speed of delivery and flexibility in our approach. This transaction with AG Barr is testament to the commitment we make to provide our customers with excellent service and solutions that are tailored to their needs.”

“Our partnership approach and team capability means companies such as AG Barr can trust in our expertise to deliver with world class speed, quality and real value, offering the best build to suit proposition in the distribution development market.”

Andrew Memmott, operations director at AG Barr, said: “We are very pleased to be partnering with Gazeley on this major project at one of the UK’s leading warehouse and distribution parks. Value for money, combined with Gazeley’s expertise and certainty of delivery, gives us the confidence that this partnership will be a successful investment.”

Magna Park Milton Keynes is Gazeley’s flagship UK development site. According to the company, it is designed to provide a high quality business environment for businesses seeking state-of-the-art logistics warehouse accommodation in a proven logistics location.  

The scheme provides a fully landscaped, managed environment with good access and circulation; plus flexibility and choice. Covering 210 acres, with planning consent for 4.4m sq ft (409,000sq m), the park is already occupied by John Lewis and River Island.

Gazeley reports it has also agreed a deal to develop logistics warehouses at key strategic sites throughout Spain with ING Real Estate Development.

According to Gazeley, the agreement gives it exclusive access to a leading portfolio of development opportunities in some of Spain’s most coveted logistics locations.

The first phase of the agreement includes 100,000sq m of land, which is prime for new development, based within the Casablanca logistics park in Madrid.