Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Freight Forwarding Group Adds Another Distribution Facility on Major Logistics Park

Room to Expand Included in Plans for the Future
Shipping News Feature
UK – Independent freight forwarding group Davies Turner has added to the six regional distribution centres it already has dotted around the country, supported by more than a dozen smaller branches, with the expansion of its services in Bristol, already a key multimodal freight hub, with satellite branches in Bridgend, Plymouth and Southampton, via a new multi-user distribution centre, the company’s largest to date, situated at the 600 acre Central Park logistics park near Avonmouth.

Now fully open for business the site is strategically located on the edge of Avonmouth, within a 10 minute drive of the company’s other premises at the Western Freight Terminal. The new facility will shortly benefit from direct motorway access thanks to the junction currently under construction on the M49, improving access to the major M4 and M5 motorway networks that connect Avonmouth to London and the rest of the country, as well as the Midlands, Wales and the South West.

At 150,000 square feet the building has a high bay fully racked area, with a top beam lift of 17.5 metres and eaves height of 19 metres, making it one of the highest in Europe for VNA forklift operations. The site can hold 27,000 standard pallets, leaving around 3,000 spare half height locations for stacking cartons or low pallets by the ground floor pick spaces.

Four mezzanine floors have been built, with an average area of 35,000 square feet each with conveyor and pallet lift access from the ground floor as well as between each of the mezzanine decks. These multi-storey mezzanines are suitable for sortation, rework, and fulfilment services required for the company’s growing e-commerce activities and online retail logistics business.

The site has been fully secured with palisade fencing and barriers controlling vehicle arrivals and departures and access to the warehouse is through 18 loading docks plus a separate drive-in ramp at one end and an extra wide door at the other for out-of-gauge freight, which sits under a large canopy where double-decker pallet trailers can also be loaded. Davies Turner Plc Chairman, Philip Stephenson observed:

“Our Bristol regional HQ which also houses Davies Turner Air Cargo, has had outstanding success and is expanding rapidly in co-operation with our European partners plus the main existing and emerging markets worldwide. The company already operates other warehouses nearby, with each site delivering complementary supply chain solutions.

“This cluster-based approach based on our freehold sites will allow us to pool our local management and labour resources. It represents a much-needed expansion of capacity serving our customers nationwide as well as in South Wales and the West Country.”

Looking to the future, the company has purchased enough land (12 acres) at Central Park to develop a second warehouse on the same site capable of adding at least another 121,000 square feet as business expands again, following the pattern set at its other regional distribution centres over the last 25 years. One advantage of this phased construction is that the second building can, if necessary, be designed for a specific customer, allowing for a bespoke layout and specialist automation. The site could bring up to 250 logistics jobs to the area, with a variety of careers available from office to warehousing roles.