Tesco’s e-commerce distribution centre gets ready for business

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Tesco: new e-commerce distribution facility

Tesco: new e-commerce distribution facility

Work on Tesco’s new e-commerce distribution centre at G Park Enfield, North London, has been completed today by global provider of logistics warehouses, Gazeley.

The 15,000sq m facility will act as a combined home deliveries and Tesco Express logistics centre, catering to home shoppers and high-street stores, across the home counties and greater London area.

Located within a mile of Junction 25 of the M25 and the A10, the site is said to offer excellent links to the capital and the UK’s major motorway infrastructure. The multi-million pound deal was signed in October 2010. Gazeley said it won the contract because of its ability to deliver cost-effective distribution projects within tight timescales.

Alex Verbeek, development director, said: “We have significant experience in delivering bespoke solutions for our customers. Our partnership approach means we were able to deliver this strategic site for Tesco in just 20 weeks. Early access was granted to our customer to fit out in week nine. Testament to our strong relationship with local planning authorities, permission for construction was secured in just seven weeks.”

Ben Woolman, Tesco’s construction development manager for the South West, said: “This project represents a significant investment for Tesco and is a key to growth for the Tesco Dot Com function of the business. Choosing the right developer was crucial. Our decision was swayed by both Gazeley’s high quality of build and the speed in which they could respond to our needs. Obtaining planning permission in just seven weeks meant we could transition quickly from design stages to starting on site. Gazeley demonstrated an understanding of Tesco’s requirements for early access. This understanding is critical when a highly automated system is at the centre of the fit out contract.

“The business plan for Tesco Dot Com clearly sets out growth for the coming years and Gazeley’s collaborative and flexible approach makes them an ideal partner to work with on potential future projects.”