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Felixstowe: Multi-use £45m centre to create 500 extra jobs

13:00 27 January 2014

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An artist's impression of the new 47,000sq m Uniserve distribution centre proposed for Clickett HIll at Felixstowe.

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Developers have submitted formal proposals for a multi-use distribution centre covering 11 acres that will create 500 new jobs close to Britain’s biggest port.

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Uniserve Holdings Ltd and landowners Trinity College, Cambridge, hope work on the project – expected to cost more than £45million – at Clicketts Hill, alongside the A14 Port of Felixstowe Road, will start in the spring and open for business next year.

Uniserve said the huge 11.7-acre building – similar in scale to massive warehouses being constructed at Felixstowe port’s newest rival, London Gateway – will meet varying customer demands, processes and services, although no “end users” are yet confirmed.

In a report to Suffolk Coastal council, the company said: “However, it is anticipated, that the facility will include a bottling operation, general merchandise, clothing distribution and e-fulfilment.”

It is expected to create 500 new jobs, including warehouse freight handlers, sorters and packers;
forklift drivers and man-up truck operators; supervisors, team shift leaders, administrators; customer liaison, sales staff, accounts and managers; HR advisors; IT and
warehouse management systems staff; HGV drivers and security officers.

Uniserve said: “Assuming that a large proportion of the jobs created are taken up by local people, the job increase will make a notable impression in the existing unemployment rate both in Felixstowe and the wider Suffolk Coastal district area.”

Trimley St Mary Parish Council has given its support to the project on the 26-acre site, but has expressed some concerns over potential light pollution to nearby properties.

The centre will have direct links to the port, allowing a port-centric operation – a “one-stop shop” for importing, repacking and distributing goods specifically to their destination.

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8 comments

  • A Smith I hope you are not The A Smith the Councillors Oh of course not he is not clever enough to make a comment more worried about the house next door being built..

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    biggles the pilot

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • has anyone ever thought where those 100s of trucks will park when in Felixstowe over night ? all laybys are full, there are no truck parking areas ? no facilities at all for the drivers,

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    beachboy

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Andy Smith sees this as his prime opportunity for concreting over the Felixstowe countryside for another 2000 houses. Anyone who has the slightest knowledge of Warehouse employment will know that 90% of the warehouse jobs will be filled by Agency Workers on short term contracts. Highly unlikely to be the type to uproot family and home for each short term employment contract they may be given. Be warned ' local politicians speak with forked tongue' ( slight variation on old red indian saying ! )

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    felixstoweblue

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • They could use this as a centre for all deliveries to Felixstowe - goods dropped there, and then every day electric vehicles deliver to every house - it could take the post as well - and 'thank you' notes to local councilors

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    braiswick

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Have heard that the 100's of trucks will be parked up overnight in Foxgrove Lane, in front of Andy Smith's 'special' house. Also heard that he is so pleased that warehouse will be in Felixstowe that he is putting a tea and hot dog stall in his front garden. Subject to the usual planning white wash of course.

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    felixstoweblue

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Its not near a Councillor's home is it, it would never get passed then.

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    A Smith

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • More jobs can only be a good thing. But look at the fine print when claims about the creation of 500 jobs are being made. Will HGV drivers be based in Felixstowe or will they be anywhere in Europe? Will administrators; customer liaison, sales staff, accounts and managers; HR advisors be based in Felixstowe or at Uniserve headquarters? This surely deserves a "Star" follow-up.

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    Grumpy Git

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • the shape of the building is like a giant box [ wants streamlineing a bit] no reason for 100s of trucks to be parked overnight.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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