New distribution centre for medical equipment supplier

How the building will look

Work has begun on laboratory and medical equipment supplier Sarstedt’s new 61,640 sq ft distribution centre in Leicestershire.

The facility at Optimus Point received planning permission in the summer after Wilson Bowden Developments appointed property and construction consultancy Gleeds to act as employer’s agent and project manager on the scheme.

The new distribution centre will be located on 5.3 acres of land at Plot 10 Optimus Point in Glenfield. It will include ancillary two-storey offices and core facilities, external parking, a service yard and landscaped areas.

Sarstedt is currently based in Beaumont Leys but wants to expand to bigger premises to facilitate future growth. 60 local jobs are expected to be retained when the company moves into the new facility.

Construction on the site is now underway and is expected to take 36 weeks to complete.

Anthony Cork, director at Gleeds, said: “This prime industrial and logistics space offers significant potential to satisfy occupier demand in a strategic location. There is no doubt that this new base will help Sarstedt improve its storage, logistics, and distribution with enhanced and modernised facilities, and it’s great to be starting on site.”

Henry Henson, development manager at Wilson Bowden, added: “We are pleased that another local Leicestershire based company has decided to relocate to our Optimus Point development site, following in the footsteps of DPD, Boden, Everards, James Latham and Geary’s Bakeries. These deals demonstrate that there has been extensive pent up demand by local occupiers, looking for high quality industrial/warehouse accommodation within the local area and Optimus Point offers them this ideal opportunity.”

Winvic Construction is the principal contractor on the project, while architects Stephen George + Partners provided the designs.