Instructed by IDI Gazeley, a global investor and developer, Hydrock provided civil, structural, geotechnical and highway engineering services for Waitrose’s first ever national distribution centre.
Located at Magna Park, an IDI Gazeley flagship logistics and distribution park in Milton Keynes, and covering a site of 45 acres, the 940,000 sq ft. building, which is the size of 12 football pitches, is one of the largest distribution centres ever constructed in the UK. The centre handles the distribution of around 25,000 nationally available grocery and home department lines that can be found in Waitrose branches and on Waitrose.com.
In addition to the design of the structure, the development required a significant earthworks package which was designed and monitored by Hydrock, as well as substantial off-site highway works providing connections between the site and the Milton Keynes grid road system.
We succeeded in meeting the client’s objective of achieving zero export or import of earthworks materials for the entire development.
Following a rapid construction programme, work on the Waitrose development was completed at the end of 2014 and the building became operational in 2015.
This is the second major development for the John Lewis Partnership that Hydrock has worked on at the Magna Park site in Milton Keynes, having previously provided civil and structural engineering services for a 675,000 sq ft. warehouse which was completed in early 2014.
Following completion of this building for Waitrose, Hydrock was subsequently commissioned again by IDI Gazeley to work on a third distribution centre for John Lewis Partnership at Magna Park. The 640,000 sq ft. facility, which will handle its furniture, electricals and home furnishings, was completed in October 2015.