The Co-op’s new £45m distribution depot in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire has started operations.
Billed as a “significant investment in logistic operations”, the 661,000 sq ft site is the Co-op’s largest regional distribution centre and when fully operational will serve more than 600 stores.
The depot has a base build constructed to BREEAM Excellent and expects to use 100% renewable energy to power the site which is set to include solar PV designed into the roof.
The site also has a focus on wellbeing and mindfulness for the 1,000 staff working at the site. This includes a contemplation area, outside green space bordered by a living wall and, its award-winning initiative to support and promote better sleep, diet and mental health in the industry, known as Night Club.
Co-op supply chain and logistics director, Andy Perry, said: “Our new Biggleswade depot represents a significant investment in our logistic operations, bringing thousands of products closer to communities across the South East. Serving our members and customers however and wherever they choose to shop with us is at the very heart of what we do. Whether shoppers choose to pop into their local Co-op, or shop online – where groceries are picked fresh in the local store - our depots work to serve and support our communities and operations. Our investment in our new Biggleswade depot forms part of plans to ensure we have the right distribution facilities in place to serve our communities, both now, and in the future.”