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Amazon confirms Northampton mega shed

07 May 2024

Global online retailer and 3PL Amazon has confirmed that it is the owner occupier of a 55.8 acre site at SEGRO’s SLP Northampton scheme in the East Midlands which it will develop to provide a new 2.86 million ft2 customer fulfilment centre.

By Liza Helps Property Editor Logistics Matters

A STATEMENT today saw the company confirm its intentions to build the next generation fulfilment centre featuring three floors of robotics where products will be stowed and customer orders picked using advanced technology.

Logistics Matters reported that Amazon was tipped to take the site in February this year https://www.logisticsmatters.co.uk/Occupier-buys-Northampton-warehouse-site

The 55.8 acre site known as Plot 7 secured detailed planning permission in 2022. The planning statement from SEGRO noted at the time, that: “The proposed building is designed to meet the operational requirements of a bespoke occupier”.

It is thought that the internet giant initially sought a pre-let on the site subject to planning. During 2023 however, SEGRO looked to sell land and sites to fund its development activity across the board. Amazon has acquired sites in other UK locations for its own development. The deal for the sale of the land is thought to have been completed at the end of last year.

The building will consist a 605,439 ft2 warehouse with three mezzanine floors as well as 156,317 ft2 of office and ancillary space, bringing the overall space developed to some 2.86 million ft2.

In Amazon’s statement today regional director Neil Travis, said: “The East Midlands is an important region for Amazon, with more than 6,000 small- and medium-sized enterprise selling partners, and I am delighted to confirm our ongoing commitment with this £500 million investment in a new, state-of-the-art fulfilment centre in Northampton.

“The new site will create more than 2,000 new jobs, taking our total workforce in the East Midlands to more than 10,000 full and part-time roles, and our investment in the region to more than £4 billion since 2010. Amazon continues to invest in our buildings and innovative technology to provide our people with some of the most advanced workplaces of their kind in the world, ensuring their wellbeing while delivering for our customers.”

SEGRO Logistics Park Northampton totals some 500-acres. SEGRO is investing £190 million in infrastructure works on the site to include major upgrades to Junctions 15 and 15A on the M1 motorway. SLP Northampton will total around five million ft2 of space as well as a substantial country park and a 35-acre rail freight interchange.