Project details

LondonMetric Property Plc, the UK REIT recently created through the merger of London & Stamford Property Plc and Metric Property Investments Plc, is developing a £77m 90,000 m2 floor central UK distribution centre near Kettering. The site is strategically located for national distribution close to major road networks, including the M1.

  • Client: Sir Robert McAlpine
  • Project: Primark Distribution Centre
  • Location: Kettering
  • Sector: Retail Distribution
  • Value: £3.2m
  • Contract Duration: 25 weeks
  • Service: Groundworks


We were contracted to install the foundations, drainage and underground services to LondonMetric Property’s 98,700 m2 distribution centre, located next to junction 12 of the A14 at Islip, Kettering. The client wanted a lump sum for the project and we worked in collaboration, post tender submission, with Sir Robert McAlpine to ensure a cost effective scheme was produced and explored a range of different drainage options.

The 7,500m3 of reinforced concrete foundations and dock leveller slabs were programmed to be installed in 8 weeks through December to February and we utilised a combination of traditional and pumped pouring methods depending on the available areas. The building was phased to enable the steel contractor access when programmed.

The drainage system incorporated 1km of slot drains running through the concrete service yards up to 680mm diameter, 3.5km of drainage pipes ranging from 150mm to 1050mm diameter, sewage treatment plants, interceptors, hydrobrakes, attenuation tanks and pumping chambers with associated 350m long rising main.

The underground services included the installation of 6.5km of ducting and associated trenches for all communications, gas and water ducts.

The project duration was 25 weeks with a value of £3.2million.

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Key Benefits

  • Close liaison with the client and other sub-contractors to ensure a tight programme was developed and maintained throughout the challenging winter months.