SP2599 : Distribution complex under construction

taken 7 years ago, near to Grendon Common, Warwickshire, Great Britain

Distribution complex under construction
Distribution complex under construction
If I understand the Birch Coppice website correctly, this is a site of 575,000 square feet for Ocado, the "award-winning online supermarket delivering quality Waitrose groceries direct to your home." A big shed is flanked by a huge area of hardstanding. Photographed from the side of the old railway embankment, where all sign of the public footpath disappears.

Currently, Ocado handles customers' orders "at a 23-acre, 1.2m sq. ft. dedicated fulfilment centre in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. This Customer Fulfilment Centre (or 'CFC') is the largest of its kind in the world, and currently handles the same order volume as 25 supermarkets.

The four-floor CFC covers the equivalent space of eight football pitches and is operated using smart software and proprietary technology that we have designed from scratch. It houses the world's largest order storage and retrieval system. Combined, its conveyor belts extend over 10 miles. In the absence of a similar system anywhere in the world, we have made a significant investment in this innovative approach. Supporting the CFC is a network of local 'spokes' and a 75-strong fleet of single and double decker LGVs. Across the spokes, we operate a fleet of over 800 specially-designed delivery vans.

Combined, this current infrastructure enables us to reach 70% of the UK. But the big news is that we're currently working on a second super 'shed' in the West Midlands. This will be able to handle approximately 180,000 orders per week, more than doubling our current capacity. It will provide around 2,000 new jobs, from cutting-edge engineering, logistics and operations roles to picking, packing and delivery opportunities."

In the current economic climate an expansion on this scale could be seen as a huge gamble. Watch this space.
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SP2599, 13 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 14 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 21 August, 2011
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Quarrying, Mining  Roads, Road transport  Construction, Development  Industry 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 2579 9935 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:35.4806N 1:37.2442W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 2555 9897
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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