Work on £25m national distribution centre begins

Work to build a £25m extension at safety firm Arco’s national distribution centre got underway yesterday, which will double the firm’s capacity and create 200 jobs in the Hull area.

Contractor Clugston begun the construction of the Arco National Distribution Centre extension with a ground breaking ceremony for the 20,439m² building, which will house additional warehouse and logistics capabilities.

The extension, which will be linked to the existing building, has been designed to optimise the space available, having a 19m internal height storage capacity and the ability to store around 40, 000 pallets. The new building will have a contemporary aesthetic and will be designed to complement Arco’s current facility.

 The build is part of Arco’s £55m investment initiative to support its ambitious growth plans and demonstrates its commitment to the local economy as the new centre could potentially create up to 200 new jobs in the Hull area.  Arco’s other investments locally include a £30m Digital Transformation Project, investment in its Quality Assurance Laboratory, and recently announced its new Customer Engagement Centre, to be opened in July in Hull.

Thomas Martin, non-exec chairman at Arco, said: “Because of our natural connection to the area, we are dedicated to driving the local economy, which is why I’m delighted to start the build of the new National Distribution Centre. As a company we have been investing heavily in both the area and the sustainability of the businesses to ensure its growth continues in the future. As well as the jobs it will potentially create for local people, we also decided to appoint a Humberside based construction firm to partner with for the work to further drive regional economy.”

Arco said it partnered with local firm Clugston because it is a family business with similar work values, as well as experience in completing large scale projects and come with an exemplary health and safety record.