Aldi plans for 1.3m sq ft DC in Leicestershire

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Supermarket giant Aldi has secured land at Interlink South in Bardon for the development of a 1.3 million sq ft distribution centre.

Plans have been submitted to Hinckley & Bosworth Council for the 72 acre site and are expected to be brought to planning committee in April.

The facility, which will comprise 1,301,658 sq ft of space, includes approximately 50,000 sq ft of offices on two storeys as well as a 65,000 sq ft mezzanine. It will have a clear internal eaves height of 30m. The barrel vault roof will support a PV solar array and the whole building will conform to EPC A.

Within the Design & Access statement it was stated that the new NDC is expected to become “the fulcrum of Aldi’s logistics infrastructure and will be critical to support Aldi’s national store network growth”.

The Design & Access statement continues: “The NDC is designed to complement Aldi’s current Regional Distribution Centre network by receiving multiple full loads of product from suppliers, which allows the consolidation of stock. A large quantity of stock in one centre is more efficient than small quantities in a large number of centres. This process allows volume to drive efficiency and reduce overall stock deliveries, decreasing road miles and therefore Aldi’s carbon footprint.

“The introduction of the NDC will allow Aldi to link its existing RDCs to this new facility and, in some cases, share fleet in the process, therefore, reducing Aldi’s carbon footprint further. This will also allow Aldi to explore multi-modal transport by linking ocean, rail and road freight to increase the efficiency in Aldi’s supply chain.”

The site is close to Junction 22 of the M1 motorway.

Avison Young is advising.

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