Handover for £10m Enterprise Zone warehouse

Pochin’s has finished the construction of a 165,000 sq ft Defence Logistics Centre in Samlesbury, Lancashire, on behalf of BAE Systems.

The £10.8m facility sits alongside BAE Systems’ advanced engineering and manufacturing facility, within the Lancashire Enterprise Zone. The architect was AEW.

The centre will be occupied and operated by logistics specialist Wincanton, to provide a logistics service to BAE.

Pochin’s was awarded the contract at the end of 2015 to deliver one of the first major developments within the Lancashire Enterprise Zone, as Wincanton became the first non-BAE Systems business to operate there.

Bae Systems DlcChris Fenton, managing director of industrial and transport at Wincanton, said: “Managing the logistical demands of BAE’s Military Air & Information business requires a world class team operating in world class facilities. The opening of the new Defence Logistics Centre marks the start of an important chapter in our long-standing partnership with BAE Systems, as we continue to deliver services essential to global defence and military aviation.”

Jim Nicholson, Pochin’s chief executive, said: “RAF stations were among Pochin’s first ever construction projects in the North West, and it is testament to the quality of our work that we continue to collaborate with the aviation industry some eight decades later. Whether our clients are manufacturing military aircraft or creating quality city centre homes, we’re extremely proud to be able to contribute to their success, which is in turn helping to drive the Northern Powerhouse.”

Tuffin Ferraby Taylor advised Wincanton.

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