The Co-operative Group has officially opened a new £38m regional distribution centre designed and developed by Birmingham-based companies.

The 435,780sq ft facility at Cabot Park, Avonmouth was a joint venture between property specialists Gallan Group and Stoford, who commissioned architect Webb Gray to design the innovative and highly sustainable scheme.

Constructed by Volker Fitzpatrick, the new hub is set to create around 1,000 jobs in the South West.

It was developed as part of a major overhaul of the food giants’ logistics network following its acquisition of Somerfield in 2009. The centre will serve almost 500 Co-operative food stores dispatching around 1.2m cases a week.

In their first joint venture, Gallan Group and Stoford pre-let the scheme to the Co-operative Group on 33 acres of land previously owned by The Crown Estate and occupied by Honda as part of its UK vehicle storage facility.

Dan Gallagher, joint managing director of Stoford said: “Everyone worked tirelessly to ensure that this major project becomes a reality. We are delighted to have played a part in an initiative which will see a tremendous boost to the local economy and employment.”

Karen Wilson, director of Gallan Group added: “This multi-million pound investment will have a significant impact on the local community and its economy for many years to come.”

David Delaney Hall, director of Webb Gray said: “We enjoyed working closely with The Co-operative Group to ensure our design featured the latest standards in energy saving and recycling initiatives which has resulted in BREEAM Excellent rating – the highest in the industry.”

The centre is expected to be fully operational by May this year operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The scheme is Stoford’s second major project in Bristol following the purchase of Redland House for a 60,000sq ft headquarters office development for Simplyhealth.

L to R Rob Awford (Axa Real Estate), Marty Gallagher (Gallan), Jackie Gallagher (Gallan), Adrian Buxton (Co-operative Food’s Distribution General Manager at Avonmouth), Dan Gallagher (Stoford)

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