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November 2014

The Rt Hon Anna Soubry MP, Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise, has formally opened Waitrose’s new state of the art dot.com fulfilment centre.  The project included 10,000 sq ft of internal freezer and ambient cooling, internal food preparation area including bakery, high performance cooling system including external plant area, full sprinkler system fitted both to the office and the warehouse and offsite building controls monitoring performance of all systems.

SMR Architects were delighted to work on this cutting edge facility on behalf of Waitrose with WinVic Construction. When at full capacity, the multi million pound centre, which extends over seven acres in Ullswater Crescent, will fulfil 20,000 orders a week or over 1 million orders a year for Waitrose customers living within the M25.  It will allow the supermarket to build its online capacity within the capital by a third.

The facility, has already created hundreds of jobs for local people with all employees becoming Partners of the John Lewis Partnership. This will rise to approximately 800 when the site is at full capacity.

 Business Minister, Rt Anna Soubry, said;

This new distribution centre will create 500 new jobs in Coulsdon and I’m pleased it will also offer apprenticeship opportunities. It’s a boost for consumers and for the local economy.

Andy Kirby, Manager of the Centre, said:

Our investment in this state of the art centre will allow us to build our online business while creating career opportunities for local people. We’re delighted that the Minister has joined us to celebrate this exciting development for our business.

Director Simon Rispin noted:

Our framework agreement with John Lewis Partnership covers schemes of all natures, helping to the deliver their latest facility and set a new standard is very exciting and we look forward to helping Waitrose roll this format out. It is a true pleasure to be working with WinVic on numerous projects, long may it continue.