Caddick appointed to deliver major distribution centre in Cumbria

CGI of the K2 development

National carrier, DPD, has appointed Caddick Construction to deliver a 62,286 sq ft parcel distribution centre in Carlisle.

The contractor will be on site by mid-November, starting a build programme which is anticipated to last 10 months. This should see practical completion reached in August 2023.

The move follows the announcement last month that Kingmoor Park Properties had secured planning permission for the new facility at its K2 development. K2 is the new home for large occupiers looking for industrial and logistics space at the hugely successful Carlisle Kingmoor Park, adjacent to junction 44 of the M6.

DPD currently occupies a 42,195 sq ft unit at Kingmoor Park, but has signed a new lease on this larger, design and build facility to meet its need for more space. The new distribution centre will accommodate 20 HGVs and 181 vans.

It will be sustainably built and have an EPC rating of ‘A’. Ten of the car parking spaces will be allocated for car sharing, while electric vehicle charging points will be provided for some of the car and van parking spaces.

Neil McIntyre, of Kingmoor Park Properties, said: “We have the land, and the workforce occupiers need, and a supportive local council which backs our plans to attract new businesses and create jobs. When fully developed, K2 will provide over one million sq ft of new industrial/logistics space, on a site with its own solar farm that can provide up to 70% of occupiers’ energy needs.

“It’s very much what the future of logistics development in this country will look like.”

James Nicholson of Harlex Property, the development manager for the scheme at K2 said: “The professional team has been working hard to bring this scheme to site and we are looking forward to working with Caddick Construction in the successful delivery of the scheme. Having DPD as the first tenant is a fantastic start to the delivery of the wider K2 site.

“In addition to the DPD building, we have recently lodged an outline planning application for the wider 82-acre site that is K2, which will accommodate up to 1,100,000 sq ft of brand new industrial and logistics buildings.”

Agents for K2 are John Sullivan and Nathan Khanverdi of Colliers and Andrew Pexton and Rob Kos at JLL. The wider professional team includes Fletcher Rae Architect, G&T Project Management, Richard Boothroyd Associates, Ramboll, WSP, Sweco, Re-form and Multi Utility UK.