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Uniserve brings Felixstowe warehousing into the 21st Century

[ January 25, 2021   //   ]

Uniserve is set to open a 750,000 sq ft ambient and freezer distribution centre less than a quarter of a mile from the Port of Felixstowe.

Sitting on a 28-acre site along the A14, the £90 million centre is due to open in the second quarter of 2021 and will be BRC food grade accredited, bonded for both wet and dry goods and will offer consolidation services for goods in transit.

It will include 400,000sq ft marshalling and narrow/wide aisle pallet racking, a 200,000 sq ft e-fulfilment zone, a 100,000sq ft cold store, 80,000 ambient pallet spaces, 18,000 pallet spaces of frozen storage and 50,000sq ft offices and staff facilities.

One of the largest developments of its kind in a port region where warehousing has been in short supply, the forwarder says that its significance is not just “the introduction of huge new capacity into a space-starved warehousing market” but that it will make large-scale port-centric logistics at scale a reality at the country’s largest container hub.

While Uniserve has had plans for Felixstowe for some time, the decision was made to scale back the original 40 meter high warehouse to a 21m high building, to meet with institutional requirements, said group managing director, Iain Liddell.
He added: “The sheer cargo throughput of Felixstowe and need for such facilities makes the underpinning logic undeniable. But it’s also a perfect addition to our group’s supply chain management offering – delivering unprecedented end-to-end control and visibility for our customers for both ambient and cold supply chains.

“The new warehouse brings equally good news for the people of Felixstowe and surrounding areas in the form of hundreds of employment opportunities – just at a time when worries about job security are at an all-time high for many.”