Sisk completes state of the art logistics hub for Palletforce

John Sisk and Son Ltd (Sisk), one of the largest construction groups in the UK and Ireland, has completed a new state of the art facility for Palletforce, representing a 30m investment by one of Europes leading and most innovative palletised freight distributors with almost 100 depots.

The 13.5m project completed by Sisk forms Phase 1 of a two phase development for Goodman Developments in Burton on Trent, comprising 340,000ft of commercial warehouse with purpose built three storey offices fitted out to Palletforces requirements.

A single warehouse concept has been a major part of the bespoke design to offer faster throughputs, quicker turnaround of vehicles, which will result in a more efficient, higher quality operation. The design was also unusual in that it was a requirement that vehicles easily navigate the interior of the building a key element of Palletforces business model.

Evidence of active water voles on the site resulted in the creation of a new habitat off site, with the relocation of any voles present taking place before work could commence.

The site is ideally located in the industrial area of Burton on Trent, and overlooks the A38 a key UK road transport distribution artery. It is also situated on land with a high water table, which resulted in a substantial ground remediation strategy taking place with the movement of 18,000m3 of soil.

Even with the water table and voles, Sisk had only 31 weeks to complete the project a deadline it met.

Chris Dyer, Director Midlands Region, Sisk commented:

We are proud to hand over this prestigious development to Palletforce. I am certain that the end result provides the efficiency and quality they desired from the initial design phase. There were a number of issues to be resolved during the build, including the high water table and water vole relocation, but I am pleased to say it has been delivered to the client as planned.

Ian Rigby, Project Manager, Goodman Developments commented:

Having worked with Sisk on a number of developments, we are once again delighted with the final result. Throughout the project Palletforce attended every meeting playing a major part helping us deliver on all expectations and we now have a new optimised component in their UK infrastructure. 

Jayne Hawkes, General Manager Projects, Palletforce commented:

The Burton on Trent site is the final piece in the jigsaw for our network, comprising nearly 100 depots in the UK and Europe. Goodman Developments and Sisk have delivered on our every requirement, having managed the construction of the bespoke warehouse with real professionalism and resourcefulness.

Dave Holland, Sales and Marketing Director, Palletforce added:

"Our five year growth strategy is built around our new 30m investment which was delivered on time and on budget.

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