A US-owned global logistics giant is on its way to Derby bringing with it potentially hundreds of new jobs.
In August, the Derby Telegraph revealed that C H Robinson could be set to take space at Derby Commercial Park, off Raynesway, after a planning application was submitted to put up signs on one of the units.
Now, Goodman, the developer behind the commercial park, has confirmed it has signed a deal with the Minnesota-headquartered logistics firms for the 70,000 sq ft unit.
Goodman obtained planning permission for the unit earlier this year. Now, work has started on constructing the building, which should be ready for C H Robinson to move in to by May next year.
C H Robinson was founded in the US more than 100 years ago. It has more than 280 offices worldwide, employing more than 11,500 staff.
According to the firm’s website, its nearest office to Derby is at Castle Donington.
The company provides third-party logistics and warehousing services to tens of thousands of customers. It offers freight services on land, sea and air.
The firm has signed a 15-year lease on its new Derby property, which it will use to expand the range of transportation and logistics services it provides for its customers throughout the UK and globally.
A ground-breaking ceremony has taken place to mark the start of construction on the new Derby base for C H Robinson
Ivo Aris, vice-president of Europe global forwarding at C H Robinson, said: “We are very pleased with the new development.
“The new office space and distribution facilities will enable C H Robinson to further serve our customer’s needs for years to come.
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“The office space creates an upscale environment for our employees, who are our biggest asset, and the warehouse facilities are remarkable.”
Charles Crossland, managing director at Goodman, said: “We are very pleased to be working with C H Robinson to develop this new built-to-suit distribution centre facility, which will provide the space the business requires to grow into and expand.”
The new building will be next to Ted Baker’s distribution hub off Raynesway
As well as securing the letting with C H Robinson, Goodman has announced that it intends to develop a new warehouse of 32,000 sq ft on an adjacent plot.
This is because of a “severe lack of supply of new buildings in the face of continued strong demand from customers seeking to expand into modern and efficient logistics accommodation”.
Mr Crossland said: “We see C H Robinson’s commitment as proof of strong demand in the area, therefore we have decided to expand Derby Commercial Park’s capacity with an additional modern warehouse on the site.”
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Since the economy’s upturn, Derby Commercial Park, which covers 165 acres, including a large part of the former Celanese Acetate site, has been taking shape.
To date, £175 million has been invested in the site, including £20 million to improve infrastructure, such as a new bridge over the River Derwent and two roundabouts on the A6.
The park is already home to Kuehne + Nagel and Heineken, based at a 632,000 sq ft distribution centre.
In February last year, fashion firm Ted Baker revealed it would be taking over a 324,000 sq ft unit, known as Angle 325, as its Pan-European Distribution Centre, handling all operations for its retail, wholesale and e-commerce businesses across Europe.
Source: Derby Telegraph