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Press release:
New distribution centre for B&Q in Swindon to create 100 new jobs

18 April 2018

 

Kingfisher plc, the international home improvement company, has signed contracts on a new B&Q distribution centre (DC) in Swindon. The new site will improve efficiencies within the B&Q supply chain, enabling it to maximise product availability for customers whether they have bought an item in store or via digital channels, as well as supporting Kingfisher’s UK supply chain.

Construction on the new 375,000 square feet site started in March 2018. When complete, it is estimated around 100 new jobs will be created, benefiting the local area. The site is expected to be operational by February 2019.

The new site will be developed next door to B&Q’s existing Swindon DC, and connected to the biomass plant that heats it. As well as benefiting from 100% renewable heat, the new building will incorporate roof-top solar panels and beehives in the surrounding grounds. Its proximity to the existing site also means that road mileage can be kept to a minimum.

Tim Crighton, Group Logistics Property Manager at Kingfisher plc, said: “This is an important milestone for Kingfisher and B&Q in implementing our supply chain strategy as part of the One Kingfisher transformation plan. The new site will allow us to improve efficiencies within the supply chain for B&Q, meaning we’ll be able to get product out to stores more quickly, and help us to help more customers improve their homes.”

The site will be developed by Gazeley, a leading developer, investor, owner and manager of prime logistics real estate in Western Europe. 

Bruce Topley, Senior Development Director, of Gazeley, said: “G.Park Swindon benefits from exceptional transport links and has become a leading destination for logistics and distributions operations in the UK. We are delighted to be working with B&Q for a second time and look forward to delivering this exciting project. Gazeley has built a reputation for exceptional customer service and delivery of high quality buildings that give its customers the flexibility to adapt to the changing and fast evolving ecommerce landscape.”

Once operational, the site will be run by Kingfisher’s logistics partners Wincanton and XPO.

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About Kingfisher

Kingfisher plc is an international home improvement company with nearly 1,300 stores in 10 countries across Europe, Russia and Turkey, supported by a team of 78,000 colleagues. We offer home improvement products and services to nearly six million customers who shop in our stores and through our digital channels every week. Our customers are everyone wanting to improve their home, as well as the experts and trade professionals who help them.

We believe everyone should have a home they feel good about, so our purpose is to make home improvement accessible for everyone. www.kingfisher.com

Contact

Teneo Blue Rubicon:+44(0)20 7260 2700, kfteam@teneobluerubicon.com

About Gazeley

Gazeley is a leading developer, investor and manager of European logistics warehouses and distribution parks with a 17 million square foot portfolio concentrated in the strategic logistics markets of the UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands. In addition to its operating portfolio, which is 98% leased to blue chip customers such as Amazon, UPS and Volkswagen, Gazeley has a prime land bank which allows for the development of an additional 16 million square feet. Gazeley is GLP’s Europe platform.

For further information about Gazeley please go to www.gazeley.com

For further information about GLP please go to www.glprop.com

Contact
Rob Yates, Smithfield: +44 (0)20 3047 2546, ryates@smithfieldgroup.com