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Solstice Park to get a £70m regional distribution centre

wantspacegotspace.co.uk - Solstice Park to get a £70m regional distribution centreCliff Whitley, the development manager of Solstice Park, with 64 acres of land in the background. A 24-month

construction project at Solstist park, from August 2013, will see one of the UK's largest retail discount names, Home Bargains, build a 1m  sq ft regional distribution centre to serve 400 new stores across southern England. The £70m investment will see 1,200 jobs created, with hundreds more generated in the 400 new stores and from support services. Solstice Park is on the A303, on the outskirts of Amesbury near Stonehenge, the world-famous ancient monument.

 Solstice Park itself is a 160-acre, mixed-use business park with roadside and leisure facilities. Just 20 acres of logistics and distribution land remain for sale for owner- occupier units to build from 20,000 sq ft to 150,000 sq ft.
 
What's happening, at a glance
 
 •    TJ Morris Limited, the discount retailer which trades as Home Bargains, buys 64 acres at Solstice Park, on the A303 in Amesbury, south Wiltshire.
 
•    Distribution hub to be built; equivalent in size to 32 international soccer pitches.
 
•    At least 1,200 jobs to be created, with hundreds more through 400 new stores and support services.
 
•    Operational ‘go-live’ expected in September 2015, following commencement in August 2013.
 
•    Southern management training centre to be built adjacent to the regional development centre,  which 170 people a year will attend.
 
•    Just 20 acres of logistics and distribution land remaining for sale from original 160 acres at Solstice Park, for owner-occupier units to build from 20,000 sq ft to 150,000 sq ft.
 
 One of the fastest-growing discount retailers, and the second largest grocer in the UK, is to build a £70m regional distribution centre at Solstice Park, a flourishing business park in central southern England.
 
In an economic boost to the local and wider economy, an initial 1,200 jobs are to be created, with hundreds more to be generated through 400 new stores across southern England and additional support services.
 
In July 2013 major discount retailer TJ Morris Ltd, which trades as Home Bargains, purchased the freehold to 64 acres of development land at Solstice Park on the A303 in south Wiltshire.
 
In a multi-million pound undisclosed deal contracts were formally completed between TJ Morris and previous site owner Clowes Developments (UK), part of the Derbyshire-based property investment group called the CWC Group.
 
Including ancillary space, the Home Bargains distribution hub - equivalent to the size of 32 international soccer pitches - will cover 1m sq ft.
 
In the land deal, a 24,000 sq ft retail training facility for the company will also be built for 170 Home Bargains trainees annually, supporting local job creation in a real working environment.
 
Home Bargains immediately commenced works in August on the southern distribution hub, to create one of the most advanced regional distribution centres of its kind in Western Europe through its specialised electronic picking system.
 
The hub is programmed to be operational in Autumn 2015.
 
TJ Morris, established 30 years ago by Tom Morris in Liverpool, currently has 300 stores, with 10,000 staff, and plans to expand to more than 700 stores within the next five years, selling top brands at bottom prices.
 
Home Bargains supplies 5,000 lines of leading products and top brands, including health and beauty products, food, toys and games, household, clothing, seasonal offers, sweets, snacks, drinks and alcohol, as well as its own Home Bargains range of affordable home style items.
 
The landmark deal means there are just 20 acres available for purchase of the original 160 acres at Solstice Park.
 
These would be suited to owner occupiers in the logistics and distribution sectors, for units from 20,000 sq ft to 150,000 sq ft.

Posted by The Editor (wantspacegotspace) on 28th October 2013

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