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Onward Holdings targets food sector with purpose designed distribution centres

Onward Holdings is targeting the food sector with two purpose built food distribution centres located at Langthwaite Business Park, South Kirkby, near Wakefield. Both units are equipped with food clad coverings and special lighting to avoid contaminates and UV deterioration making them ideal for ambient storage.

Offering a combined food storage space of 212,500 square feet (122,800 and just under 90,000 square feet respectively) and a total of 14 loading docks. Impressively, each unit is capable of accommodating, when racked, up to 20,000 standard food pallets.

The buildings are designed for fast food turnaround and provide cross docking opportunities plus optional VNA warehouse automation, should this be required. There is also generous external manoeuvring which is capable of handling most vehicle body types including containers, box vans and trailers, whilst also providing parking areas for support staff.

Unit 16 was originally built as a regional distribution centre for food giant Quaker Oats and is the bigger of the two units. It incorporates a host of key food handling features, which includes eight dock levellers and four surface loading doors, a 10,000 square-foot loading canopy. Unit 16a has the benefit of a 1,000 KVA mains supply.

A further site feature is good estate security following a £1 million investment making the units suitable for both ordinary and high value cargo such as specialist food and drinks.

Currently, Wakefield Metropolitan Council is dispensing, in conjunction with the West Yorkshire LEP and the Government, grants of up to £10,000 for each new job created on the site. Access to this level of funding should make the site even more attractive to those needing to recruit.

Langthwaite Business Park is in easy access to the motorway network and the great container ports of the North, including Immingham and is just 19 miles from Doncaster airport. The site also benefits from excellent distribution connections and is also close to the railway freight network via the nearby Wakefield Europort. According to Onward Holdings around 80% of the UK’s population is accessible in four hours, making the site especially suitable for consumer related items.

Onward Holdings director Neil Storey, said: "Langthwaite Business Park’s location is ideal for those involved in food distribution and or bulk breaking who also require easy access to the ports for importing or exporting food items. The quality of unit build, special features such as the high bay 300 lux internal lighting on unit 16 and the six dock loading bays on 16a, along with both their extensive storage capabilities, makes them the ideal choice for big internet sellers."

Langthwaite Business Park already hosts a number of other businesses including The Ice Co Storage and Logistics, Forest Freight and Great Bear Distribution. Promotion of the site is being undertaken jointly by GVA and Andrew Miller Chartered Surveyors of Sheffield, who are handling the letting of the final unit.

West Yorkshire based Onward Holdings which built the two substantial warehouses on the site, the last being only a few years ago, has designated them as suitable for food storage. Potentially, the units have the capability to create a further 100 new jobs.

The business specialises in operating highly competitively priced industrial warehousing and retail parks in the North of England.

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