Wincanton, the largest British third-party logistics company, has acquired over half a million square feet in property since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, as part of its ongoing growth strategy.
In October, Wincanton agreed a lease on a 250,000 sq.ft warehouse near Bristol to support its contract with EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project. Wincanton is the official ‘tier 1’ warehouse and transport service partner for the megaproject. Throughout the construction process, it is providing storage, handling, asset tracking and transportation for incoming materials from a global supplier base.
In July, Wincanton acquired the lease on a 155,000 sq.ft eFulfilment centre in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. This now houses operations for home furnishings brand, Loaf, and health and beauty company, Neal’s Yard Remedies. The new centre will accelerate growth for Wincanton in online home, and health and beauty eFulfilment. As part of its W2 innovation programme, the company plans to make further investments in cloud-fulfilment systems and robotics.
During the summer, Wincanton also announced the opening of a new 128,000 sq.ft distribution centre in Prologis Park, Stafford, to support growth for a key customer, Screwfix. This site will assist the major retailer of trade tools, accessories and hardware products with its plans to enhance customer proposition and continue its wider business growth.
Ian Henderson, Group Property Director at Wincanton, commented:
“This growth is evidence of our commitment to our existing customers, and also further supports our offer to new customers with a variety of property sizes and types across the UK and Ireland. This diverse property portfolio coupled with our industry leading expertise makes us well placed to offer tailored and dynamic support to a wide range of businesses.”
Ian Keilty, Chief Operating Officer at Wincanton, added:
“The recent expansion in our property portfolio is a clear demonstration that even in the most challenging times, Wincanton has the capability to help both current and new customers in meeting their ambitions. We do this through finding the best sites in the most strategic locations and implementing the changes to their supply chains quickly and seamlessly.”