The economy is getting back on track and retailers both on and offline are seeing the boost in confidence increase their sales, meaning they need more storage for their stock.

This change in retailer’s fortunes means that Construction Enquirer predict that warehouse construction specialists are going to be able to cash in on it, with a 5-year boom of building projects ahead of them. This is based on the forecast from property specialists, Lambert Smith Hampton, that demand for warehouse space will outstrip supply by 25 million square feet by 2020.

The start of this warehouse explosion is already being seen across the Midlands and here at O’Brien we have already worked on several big projects and have more in the pipeline. One of the projects we’ve delivered recently, Prime Point 14 in Stafford, saw us undertake all the infrastructure works on behalf of development company Inglewood Investments Limited.

Prime Point 14 is a 52-hectare development that includes two warehouse units of 115,000 square feet and 171,000 square feet, hotels and a car dealership. You can find out about exactly what works we delivered for this project in more detail here, but in short we were the principal design and build contractor for the installation of the infrastructure (roads and services), and to create plateau levels for the building’s footprint.

O’Brien Operations Manager, Tony Mitchell, said: “Inglewood saved money on the project by coming directly to us rather than including the enabling works as part of the package with a main contractor when building the complete site. We use value engineering solutions to cut costs on all of our projects and the savings are handed over to the client rather than a main contractor.

“This approach also helps us to deliver time savings and the customers retains greater control of the project. By installing the infrastructure and building footprints separately, the client may have outline planning permission but not permission for the individual buildings, can speed up the construction process by approximately 8 weeks. While this part of the project is being installed, the developer can then seek planning permission for the individual structures and appoint a main contractor. This also gives the client more time to find an occupier and if they already have an occupier, greater delivery over a competitor’s adjacent building.”

Other big warehouse projects where we’ve delivered benefits like these for our customers include: Thunderbird 2 in Kettering – a 98,700 square meter distribution centre for Primark;  Lyons Park in Coventry – 500,000 square feet of commercial B2 (industrial) and B8 (warehouse / distribution centre) units; Castings in Walsall – a 23,000 square foot warehouse and yard facility.

We’ve also just been appointed by Quantum Construction to deliver the groundworks for a regional distribution centre through Project Gazelle in Bedford.

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