A new logistics warehouse built in Corby will become the largest to be built in the UK in the past five years and also the fifth largest ever built in the UK. The 945,000 sq ft BSH Home Appliances centre will deal with logistics for big-name white goods including Bosch and Miele.
Located on Midlands Logistics Park, the custom-built warehouse and customer service centre is due to be completed by February 2020. It is thought that once completed it will house about 400 people across a variety of roles.
The Central Customer Hub (CCH) is more than double the size of the firm’s current site in Kettering, with the BSH Consumer Contact Centre and Customer Service Division being relocated from Kettering to the new site.
“We’re extremely pleased to see construction underway on our new CCH in Corby. Once complete, the new office and warehouse will give us a state-of-the-art facility to significantly enhance our logistics services and our well-recognised customer service we currently provide. This new site is a significant investment for the company and demonstrates our commitment to a successful future for BSH in UK and Ireland. We’re looking forward to seeing the development fully operational next year,” said Andreas Meier, CEO of BSH Home Appliances Ltd.
This development project has been forward funded by Tritax Big Box REIT plc, and the Midlands Logistic Park is a joint venture between landowners Mulberry and Frogmore Real Estate Partners.
Located off the A43 on former quarry land, the huge 2.5 m sq ft site has had its own roundabout built to accommodate the rise in HGV traffic. The neighbouring Eddie Stobart building has been handed over to the firm to begin the fit-out and a third and fourth buildings are being marketed.
Corby’s workforce includes one of the largest pools of logistics and warehouse staff in the county and the second cheapest rate of pay – warehouse workers are paid a gross salary of £476 per week, with 9% of Corby’s workforce working in warehousing.
Such is the importance of logistics to the area that Northampton and Tresham Colleges offer Warehousing and Distribution apprenticeships, and Northampton College has a specialist academy to train the next generation of workers in the industry.