Construction of a new B&Q distribution centre (DC) in Swindon, which is expected to create around 550 jobs when fully operational, has been completed ahead of schedule.
Supply chain business Gazeley UK announced today that it finished the build six weeks ahead of deadline, much to the delight of the home & DIY retailer, which plans to use the DC to service its stores across the south of England.
Costing £70 million in total and taking just 32 weeks to construct, the new 74,000 sq m logistics hub based in G.Park Swindon will be a major employer for the town and its surrounding area.
Nigel Godfrey, Senior Vice President at Gazeley, remarked: “This project has been a key development for Gazeley and to complete something of this size so far ahead of our commitment to our customer is a huge achievement.
“B&Q are naturally delighted and I believe this further cements our position as the industry’s leading build-to-suit developer.”
The supply chain company has worked closely with Swindon Borough Council throughout the project, resulting in several improvements being made to the local road network and other investments in local initiatives.
Commenting at the time Gazeley was chosen to complete the work, B&Q Senior Investment & Development Manager Bob Brown said: “This investment in a new regional DC will help to improve customer service across the south of England.”