Back in 2005, Prologis developed a 700,000 square foot distribution centre at Prologis Park Kettering. At the time, this was the largest speculative shed to be built in Europe. With hindsight the decision to go ahead may seem bold, but the building was and continues to be a great success. The reason: we listened to our customers and their feedback informed the design and specification of the facility we delivered.
In the early 2000s, there was an increase in sea container traffic from the East coast ports and a shortage of large direct import centres in the East Midlands market. We had acquired a former ironstone quarry site on the outskirts of Kettering, close to the A14 truck road and this proved to be an ideal location for a new direct import centre.
We had been talking to retailers and third party logistics providers about their requirements for very large distribution centres and these discussions helped to shape the design of the super-size, cross-docked Kettering building as well as the plans for the surrounding infrastructure.
The building is large, so we paid particular attention to the external design, softening the appearance of the overall mass by using shifts in colour and texture along the elevations. We also made a strong feature of the office element, which occupies 25,000 square feet over three floors.