Business, Freight News, Logistics

More space in the Midlands for Davies Turner

[ July 24, 2012   //   ]

Davies Turner has bought a 7,000 sq m cross dock warehouse close to its existing distribution centre at Coleshill, Birmingham. The UK independent freight forwarder said it needed more capacity to handle its European and oceanfreight consolidation services.

The cross dock terminal is purpose-built to handle fast-moving consignments for our daily services to continental markets, along with ocean freight consolidations.

The new platform has 40 loading doors, similar to the Phase 1 warehouse at the company’s Dartford freight hub, but has more floor-space and greater eaves height, which could in the medium term give space for a mezzanine floor to double the present operational area, says group chairman, Philip Stephenson. He adds: “The mezzanine would also enable us to handle fast-moving Internet fulfilment for which the central Midlands location is ideal.”

He added that the existing Coleshill premises would now be free to concentrate entirely on logistics, supply chain management and project forwarding. The 6.3 acre (2.55 hectare) site allows for future expansion, notes Stephenson, and is within a few hundred metres of the Hams Hall Rail Terminal, which Davies Turner already uses for moving deep-sea containers to and from the ports.

The new premises will be fully commissioned and open for business by the end of July.