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New warehouses set to open in order to tackle storage space shortages

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Posted on 28/12/2012 by Wayne Brophy FCILT

With high quality storage space currently at a premium, plans have been announced for the development of several new warehouses across the country.

Brake Brothers has recently signed a deal with Warrington’s Omega North industrial site over the use of 200,000 sq ft of storage space, with more companies expected to join them at the newly-opened 575-acre development in the new year.

Logistic floorspace has been particularly hard to come by of late, which is why Omega North – which sits near junction eight of the M62 and is a joint venture between Miller Developments and KUC Properties Ltd – is likely to attract a number of high profile retailers and other companies in 2013, according to SHD Logistics.

It is thought that ASDA may be amongst the first to join, and could sign up to around 500,000 sq ft of storage space, while Travis Perkins is believed to be eyeing up a 400,000 sq ft allocation.

Miller Developments joint managing director Andrew Sutherland says the Omega North site could revitalise the industry in the north west “at a time of shortage of high quality logistics space”, and the new development is expected to generate a large number of new supply chain jobs.

Once completed, the £7 million facility will be fully connected to the motorway network courtesy of its own access road.

Elsewhere, Roxhill has been granted planning permission for a new 190,000 sq ft warehouse development in Basildon.

The site will sit within the Cranes Industrial Area, close to the A127 Southend Arterial Road, and has been developed in response to the increasingly limited supply of high quality modern warehouse units across the south east.

As new initiatives to increase storage space continue to be put forward, transport links will also have to be updated in order to service the new warehouses, which is why supply chain managers will welcome the news that the government has granted permission for a new rail freight terminal close to St Albans.

The plans had been met with fierce opposition from local council officials who feared it could cut into greenbelt land, but communities secretary Eric Pickles has now given the green light for the project to go ahead.

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