Brakes to build £19m food depot

Ashford, Kent, UK:  Catering specialist Brakes Group is to build a £19m temperature-controlled distribution centre and offices in the M4 corridor.

The distribution centre will contain three separate zones comprising chilled, cold and ambient temperature-controlled areas with a total floor area of 17,000sq m.

A 2,300sq m, three-storey office block will also be built alongside the main warehouse with small ancillary buildings.

The fit out work will cover all internal racking as well as mechanical and electrical services, sprinkler systems and frozen and chilled refrigeration.

Brakes Group is to build a £19m temperature-controlled distribution centre and offices in the M4 corridor

Owing to the confined nature of the site, unusual features of the construction include the lorry parking area situated at ground floor level to 6m in height, which will allow 141 HGV vehicles to park.  On top of this will be a decked car park with space for 200 vehicles.

This scheme contains the close relationship with design team and client following on from the successful completion of a similar facility in New Hythe for Brakes Group.

Standard Life Investment in Reading is handling the project and has pre-let the building to Brakes.  Construction is by the retail division of Vinci with work starting this month and completion due in March 2012.

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