Work starts on huge warehouse for global home appliances company

Phil Jones, development director for Mulberry

A massive warehouse for a global home appliances company, which is set to employ 400 people, is now under construction.

The 945,000 sq ft site, located off the A6086 near Corby at Midlands Logistics Park, is being brought forward as a joint venture between landowners Mulberry and Frogmore Real Estate Partners.

The unit has been pre-let to BSH Home Appliances, Europe’s largest manufacturer of home appliances.

While the warehouse will primarily be used for storing new products and spare parts, ancillary office spaces will be the new home to the company’s contact centre and customer services division which is currently based in Kettering.

The announcement marks the second allocation of a unit at Midlands Logistics Park, which is one of the largest of its kind in the UK, following Stobart Group’s occupation of the adjacent, 844,000 sq ft facility in 2018.

It is anticipated that BSH will move into the building at the end of August and be operational from February 2020.

Phil Jones, development director for Mulberry, said: “This project represents an important investment in the growth and continued success of Midlands Logistics Park.

“Due its vast scale and close proximity to key road links, such as the A43 which connects to the A14, M1, A1 and beyond, the development holds an attractive strategic location for large-scale business solutions.

“We hope to encourage other retailers, third-party logistics providers, distributors and more to discover all that this exciting project has to offer.”

Built on the site of a former British Steel quarry, Midlands Logistics Park spans 2.5m sq ft across 150 acres and has had more than £100m invested in its facilities.

The site is marketed by agents M1 Agency, CBRE Group and Burbage Realty.