The UK’s leading roofing merchant is investing £4million in a new distribution hub after agreeing a deal for a unit at a multi-million pound business park in the South West.
Joint venture developer Richardson Barberry has announced that SIG Roofing – which plays a critical role in the construction supply chain – has signed a 10-year lease on a 31,617 sq ft warehouse unit in Bristol, starting in August.
The unit, at More+, Central Park, Avonmouth, will become SIG Roofing’s regional distribution centre for the South West, bringing new investment and securing jobs in Bristol.
The company says the move will significantly scale-up its service offering to roofing and construction professionals in the West Country and South Wales.
The state-of-the-art, purpose-built facility will further improve customer service and satisfaction by being able to deliver an enhanced customer experience through improved stock availability and delivery capabilities. The More+ industrial complex has been strategically chosen for its excellent transport links, with the Avonmouth Docks and M49 motorway just a stone’s throw away.
Phase one of More+ Central Park, comprising five mid-box warehouse units totaling 174,500 sq ft, was speculatively developed by Richardson Barberry. Construction of phase two, comprising six units, is expected to begin this year. The 40-acre site is capable of accommodating 557,426 sq ft of mid-box units.
Jonathan Robinson, Barberry development director, said: “More+ Central Park has been a fantastic success story and has proved attractive to many major companies. It is the ideal location for SIG Roofing’s new regional distribution centre, prominently located next to the M49 near junction one, and will provide a welcome investment and employment boost for the area.
“We are delighted to welcome the company to the site, where they join Network Rail and Pilkington Automotive – all high quality occupiers. We are also expecting to announce the letting of another unit in the near future.”
SIG is expected to move into its new base this summer after the completion of work to create three additional access doors to enable cross loading, and a second loading yard. The eight-week project will be delivered by sub-contractor Quantum.
George King, divisional managing director for the South at SIG Roofing, said: “The launch of a brand new hub in Bristol is an exciting step for SIG Roofing that will help make us, as a business, more efficient and stronger. This major investment programme signifies our commitment to providing a first-rate service to our customers, whilst also future proofing our business to further cement our number one position in the market.”
Jon added: “More+ Central Park is a best in class, strategically located site next to the new motorway junction of the M49, due to be completed very shortly. Our scheme offers new, self-contained detached mid-box warehouse units with large yards to a market where there is strong demand for units of this size. Being able to offer occupiers a prominent motorway connected site in this region has proved to be a major attraction.
“Following planning approval in March, the park will also have its own roadside offering providing a Eurogarages filling station, a Starbucks coffee house, KFC and McDonalds restaurant/takeways. Work has already started on an 81-bed Travelodge hotel.”
SIG is a leading distributor of specialist building products in Europe, with strong positions in its three core product areas of insulation and interiors, roofing and exteriors and air handling. It plays a critical role in the construction supply chain, ensuring that customers receive the right product, in the right place, at the right time. SIG operates from trading sites across the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe. It employs around 9,000 people.
The More+ development provides the final phase of the highly successful 350-acre park. In total, it will comprise 11 buildings ranging in size from 13,200 sq ft to 126,000 sq ft. Units are suitable for business uses including e-fulfilment, storage and distribution. A joint venture between West Midlands-based commercial property developers Barberry Group and Richardson, it will create around 700 jobs.