Next have invested in a 777,000 sq ft facility comprising warehouse space and ancillary offices.
A new pedestrian bridge would be built to link the new facility with Next’s existing operations north of Field Lane, this includes 47 HGV loading bays and road infrastructure works.
The development represents a capital investment £125m. It has been estimated to provide about 1,100 new jobs (including construction jobs) for Wakefield, of which more than half will be net additional roles.
It could also generate an estimated gross value added (GVA) to the economy of more than £46m per annum.
The new warehousing and distribution space is required to cope with an expected increase in online sales for Next in the coming years.
The development would provide an “extension of the local purchasing, recruitment, skills development, career progression and community benefits already associated with the existing Next distribution operations in South Elmsall”. Next said in a statement
It would also assist in “safeguarding the future of Next’s existing operations in South Elmsall, and the substantial local employment and benefits to the local economy that this existing development provides”.
Rapid are proud to have been involved in a worthy project such as this for design, deck, safety netting, stud welding and concrete works to finish.
Schedule of work
- Supply Steel Decking
- Stud Welding
- Safety Netting
- Project Management