2003: Tesco kicks off its new freight delivery programme trial running goods from the docks to DIRFT
and then from DIRFT
to Scotland with the stated aim of eventually moving all goods within Scotland via rail.
The two DIRFT
East units, covering 200,000 sq ft and 140,000 sq ft, respectively, have been designed and built to the highest specification.
Currently leads the way with a regular service from DIRFT
to Scotland and also moves all goods within Scotland via rail including one link to Orkney.
What's interesting is that nationally 75 per cent of new industrial take-up was design and build, while in the Midlands no notable design and builds have taken place so far this year, albeit a number of deals are in the offing including a 1m sq ft deal at DIRFT
in Daventry, which rumoured to be going to a major retailer, and Roxhill Developments, which is about to sign 300,000 sq ft at Brackmills Point, Northampton.
The proposed construction is slated to come up within the Prologis DIRFT
II development site in Daventry and scheduled to commence in early 2013.
Tesco selected Prologis' DIRFT
2 site for its newly opened 840,000 sq ft rail connected distribution centre and a proposed third phase will provide a further 7.
Emergency services were called to the DIRFT
Logistics Park, on junction 18 of the M1, Crick, after three staff at the Royal Mail depot were exposed to a substance in a package and became ill.
It covers a trip from Southampton to Trafford Park in Manchester, centring on the DIRFT
Logistics Park near Rugby.
In the Midlands we are fortunate that we have three significant modern rail terminals, DIRFT
in Daventry, Hams Hall and a new facility at Tamworth to add to the established Bescot terminal, which is trading very nicely.
This will include involvement with major schemes including DIRFT
Logistics Park for Severn Trent Property and Logix Park in Hinckley for Rosemound Developments.
THE next phase of development at DIRFT
, the giant rail freight terminal near Daventry, is likely to create nearly 2,500 new jobs over the next five years.
It has also acquired the 484,000 sq ft Howdens Joinery warehouse in Brackmills, Northampton and the 184,000 Marks & Spencer distribution facility at Radial Point, Stoke on Trent, while contracts have been exchanged for the purchase of a fourth 222,000 warehouse at DIRFT