In January 2015, we completed a 1 million square foot distribution hub for Sainsbury’s at Prologis RFI DIRFT. Combining a national import centre and long-hold facility, the building has its own 400m intermodal terminal. It is not only one of the largest, but also one of the most complex logistics buildings to be delivered in the UK.
The project began when Sainsbury’s decided to centralise the logistics operations for its general merchandise business. Having assessed the geography of its stores, the company decided on a best-in-class 1 million square foot facility at DIRFT. As Roger Burnley, managing director, General Merchandise, Clothing and Logistics at Sainsbury’s said when the decision was announced:
“The distribution centre at DIRFT is a significant investment for Sainsbury’s. We are always looking at ways to serve our customers better and this depot provides us with a central location to support our growing general merchandise business.”