Saturday, April 23, 2016

Freight Forwarder and Logistics Group Doubles Capacity in Scotland

Independent Agency Invests for the Future
Shipping News Feature
UK – Yet another name due to appear at the Multimodal Exhibition at Birmingham’s NEC next month will be the independent freight forwarder Davies Turner which has just announced it is to double the size of its Scottish regional distribution centre and BRC-accredited site for the storage and distribution of foodstuffs at Cumbernauld. Including the offices, the extended depot will have a total area of around 43,000 square feet (4,000 m2) and a gated yard with palisade fencing, security alarms and CCTV protection.

Cumbernauld is one of Davies Turner’s seven strategically placed RDCs covering the UK and Ireland, the other hubs being Birmingham, Bristol, Dartford, Dublin, London Heathrow and Manchester. All are linked by overnight feeder services and with a further 16 satellite branches supporting the network. Construction work started this week and the first phase will see the development of 10,000 square feet (929 m2) of warehousing with an eaves height of 32 feet (10 metres) to increase the racking capacity, plus five powered dock-levellers and another two floor-loading doors.

Phase 2 will add a further extension of the same size with an eaves height of nineteen feet (6 metres) to match the original building. When both phases are completed Davies Turner's hub at Cumbernauld will have 3,000 pallet spaces and increased floor-space for cargo-handling and sortation. The secure 1.5 acre (0.61 hectare) service yard also includes a clear-span canopy of 4,500 sq ft (420 m2) to protect the loading area from the elements. The build will be completed by October with this being carefully planned so Davies Turner can continue to operate the premises while the work is in progress. Philip Stephenson, joint managing director of Davies Turner said:

“Ten years ago, we reinforced our commitment to the Scottish market when we moved to a larger facility at Cumbernauld which is well situated in the industrial belt between Glasgow and Edinburgh and benefits from some of the best road connections in the UK. Soon afterwards we invested in narrow aisle racking in the 23,680 square foot facility which quickly filled with new and existing business.

“We were then able to offer storage and distribution services as well as space for rapid transit freight. A decade on, we have taken the opportunity to acquire our freehold in Cumbernauld plus some adjoining land. With the completion of the construction project, we will have a facility exceeding 43,000 square feet operated under BRC, AEO and Type A customs bonded status.

“This is a much-needed expansion of our surface freight operations in Scotland alongside our air cargo branches at Glasgow and Edinburgh airports. The investment is further proof of Davies Turner’s continued commitment to Scottish exporters and importers. It will strengthen our network in Britain and Ireland as well as further developing the company’s trailer services with Europe, together with our ocean freight consolidations serving the other main markets worldwide.”

You can visit Davies Turner on Stand 1560 at the 2016 Multimodal Exhibition 10 – 12 May.