Port One, Great Blakenham

Distribution case study, Trimapanel®, Trisomet®, Colorcoat HPS200 Ultra®, Colorcoat Prisma®

Port One, Great Blakenham Tata Steel Wall Cladding
Port One, Great Blakenham Tata Steel Wall Cladding
Port One, Great Blakenham Tata Steel Wall Cladding
Port One, Great Blakenham Tata Steel Wall Cladding
Port One, Great Blakenham Tata Steel Wall Cladding
Port One, Great Blakenham Tata Steel Wall Cladding
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This truly is a ground-breaking project that is providing state-of-the-art e-commerce facilities, all purpose-built to the client’s exact specification. These units are totally different to traditional builds.
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Matt Slater, Team AB Services
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Client: FDS Corporation Ltd 
Architect: HBarefoot & Gilles 
Main contractor: Team AB Services (Team A/B) 
Products: Trimapanel®, Trisomet®, Colorcoat HPS200 Ultra® in Anthracite Matt, and Colorcoat Prisma® in Alaska Grey, Anthracite, Oyster Slate Grey and White 
Year: 2020/2021

Work on the Port One Logistics Park in Great Blakenham near Ipswich started to take shape early 2020 and the development is set to provide innovative warehouse and distribution facilities that have been specifically designed to meet the needs of online shopping.

A site of approx. 60 acres was granted consent for 1,300,000 sq ft of high bay warehouse/fulfilment space in unit sizes to meet occupier’s requirements and the first pre-let of 200,000 sq ft was agreed in March 2017.

Ideally located within close proximity of the port of Felixstowe, the complex will be a built-to-suit development purely focusing on the e-commerce sector and storage companies. Each of the units on the facility is built bespoke to each company’s needs, rather than altered to suit post-build.  The beauty of being built in steel is that the building is also adaptable if further extensions are required in the future.

The challenge

With the decline in high street shopping and more people in the UK turning to online shopping predictions concluded that one fifth (20%) of UK consumer purchases would be online by the end of 2019, forecast to increase to 25% by 2023. Since the predictions were made the Covid pandemic has swept through the UK and there has been a tremendous surge in online shopping with statistics confirming that online shopping is growing 129% week on week, seeing customer expectations rapidly