The East Midlands and especially Castle Donington are fast becoming a significant, strategic and important area of the country. Not only because the Midlands is an ideal spot for conducting business nationally……..
The East Midlands Gateway project is resulting in an ever changing landscape on the land adjacent to East Midlands Airport (EMA). It is a 3 year project to create a Strategic Rail Freight Interchange at the heart of the United Kingdom’s transport network. Scheduled for completion in 2019 the project will see significant changes to the local infrastructure.
East Midlands Gateway in Numbers
- 6 million ft2 of development plots for storage and distribution warehouses
- 6 million m3 of plateau, screening and topsoiling earthworks
- 2-metre rise in the level of a newly laid section of the A453
- New rail freight terminal to accommodate up to 16 trains a day
- Earthworks cut up to 25m below existing level for rail freight terminal
- 7km private rail link to Castle Donington branch freight only line
- 105,000m3 of earth moved in any one week at peak of earthworks programme
- 65 pieces of machinery operating on site any one point
- 126,040m2 of new surfaced pavement
- 163km of new services
- 1 km of new one-metre diameter ferro concrete pipework in the diversion of Derwent Valley Aqueduct (DVA), serving 600,000 customers in the East Midlands
- Over 300,000 tons of aggregates
Companies already committed to take space are; –
- Kuehne + Nagel – a global logistics business – taking a unit of 195,000 sq ft for its overland UK operations.
- Amazon – we all know what they do! – taking 500,000 sq ft warehouse (equivalent to 8 full sized football pitches – which will create up to 3,300 jobs.
- XPO Logistics – set to have a 700,000 sq ft distribution centre.
- Shop Direct – the business behind the Very and Littlewoods online shops – taking 555,000 sq ft
The park is a 700-acre ‘inland port’ and will include its own freight rail terminal. It is expected to create 7,250 jobs, 900 construction jobs and 3,000 indirect jobs.