Import Services, the logistics company that specialises in the toy industry, has declared a key milestone reached in the construction of the current extension to its quayside warehouse, which is now expanding alongside the container port.
The firm has suggested that, with the first above ground infrastructure of a steel frame section, now in place – courtesy of its construction partner, Mida – that the full skeletal frame will now take around six weeks to complete.
Mike Thomas, Import Services client services director, commented: “This is a significant step in the expansion of our Southampton Container Port development. Hearty thanks to our construction partners and their great groundwork teams who have continued working on the build right through COVID-19.
“We are all so excited by this purpose-built quayside facility which epitomises our port-centric model and we therefore look forward to operations coming-on stream for our Clients in April next year.”
The new £23M extension will be joined to the existing quayside warehouse operation, adding 200,000 square feet and doubling bonded storage capacity to 60,000 pallets at Southampton container port.
The warehouse has been designed to BREEAM ‘excellent’ sustainability standard, in close collaboration with port owner ABP and once complete will also feature a further £2.5million roof mounted solar array investment from ABP.
This solar panel installation on its own, will more than double the existing solar power generated on the port, a positive, green contribution in the drive to cut time, cost and carbon from international supply chains.