Work starts on Co-op’s £22m South Normanton site

Castlewood, South Normanton, UK: Construction work has started on The Co-operative’s £22m distribution centre in northern Derbyshire.

The 44,315 square metre facility at Clowes Developments’ Castlewood site in South Normanton is expected to take over the work of two smaller Co-operative food depots- in Alfreton, Derby, and in Bulwell, Nottingham.

Mark Leonard, head of logistics service at The Co-operative Food, said: “The new distribution depot will provide a major boost to the local economy and employment. It will not only create a significant number of new jobs locally, but its proximity to our existing depots in the area will allow many staff to transfer to the new site, safeguarding around 740 jobs in the region.

It is expected to be fully operational next year, when it will serve 529 stores covering Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. It will have the capacity to deliver around 68 million cases of groceries per year.

The site will incorporate several energy-saving and recycling initiatives, including rainwater harvesting to reduce water demand on site and waste oil burning systems for heat production. LED lighting will be installed to cut energy costs by around 60%.

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