Aldi plans to build huge UK warehouse near Coaville creating 750 jobs

Aldi has revealed plans to build a national distribution centre which could create 750 jobs. The supermarket giant has put submitted plans to put the hub in Coalville on the site of the former Nailstone Colliery, between Coalville and Market Bosworth. It wants to put up 1.3 million sq ft of warehousing and offices on the 72 acre site at Nailstone Colliery, which is about five miles from the M1, reports LeicestershireLive.

Planning documents state it would operate 24 hours a day, 365 days per year on a three shift pattern. During a typical peak morning period between 8am-9am, around 89 cars and 105 HGVs would access the site. In the peak evening hour from 5pm that could be 79 cars and 94 HGVs.

The warehouse would be around 100 ft high with solar panels on the roof and around 100 HGV bays at the front and more than 40 at the rear. The entrance would be linked by a bridge going over the loading area. There would be around 600 car parking spaces as well as a 238 space HGV waiting area, along with vehicle maintenance facilities, and substations to power it.

The planning documents state there is already permission for three warehouses on the site, but Aldi’s would be almost twice as high.

How the Aldi warehouse could look

Aldi said jobs would range from site, section and deputy management roles, office assistants, warehouse operatives and assistants, maintenance and equipment staff and engineers as well as transport managers and drivers. There would also be administration and security roles. The supermarket chain – which has its headquarters 20 miles away, just over the Leicestershire border in Atherstone – said it would be a “high spec, high quality, semi-automated, logistic warehouse distribution centre” with two floors of offices,

A design statement from STOAS Architects to Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council said they had to strike a balance between the need for a big national base and the local surroundings. It said: “The large warehouse volume required achieves the performance requirements for the intended use and measures to mitigate its impact have been carefully considered and applied to ensure its impact on the wider context is minimised through the treatment of the elevations.

Aldi plans to build huge UK warehouse near Coaville creating 750 jobsNailstone Colliery today

“The surrounding country park landscaping will also provide natural softening of the building and this will inform the on-site landscaping. “The business need for the NDC (National Distribution Centre) is to become the fulcrum of Aldi’s logistics infrastructure and will be critical to support Aldi’s national store network growth as they continue to bring their mix of fantastic quality and great value products to customers in the most competitive food market in the world.

“The NDC is designed to complement Aldi’s current Regional Distribution Centre network by receiving multiple full loads of product from suppliers, which allows the consolidation of stock. “A large quantity of stock in one centre is more efficient than small quantities in a large number of centres. “This process allows volume to drive efficiency and reduce overall stock deliveries, decreasing road miles and therefore Aldi’s carbon footprint.

Aldi plans to build huge UK warehouse near Coaville creating 750 jobsHow the Aldi national distribution centre would look

“The introduction of the NDC will allow Aldi to link its existing RDCs to this new facility and, in some cases, share fleet in the process, therefore, reducing Aldi’s carbon footprint further.

“This will also allow Aldi to explore multi-modal transport by linking ocean, rail and road freight to increase the efficiency in Aldi’s supply chain. “The building uses sustainable materials and will include a number of energy efficient technologies including PV’s, LED lighting, water recycling and a building management system to monitor energy usage over its lifetime.” The development in an area called Interlink South, sits in the former north west Leicestershire coal mining heartland.

Neighbours with operations within a couple of miles include Amazon, Pall-Ex, Ibstock Brick and Barratt Developments.

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