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A new multi-temperature depot for foodservice distributor 3663 First for Foodservice is under construction in Paddock Wood, Kent.

Working on behalf of main contractor Buckingham, Atlas Ward is responsible for the fabrication and erection of approximately 600t of structural steelwork for the project.

The portal frame warehouse measures in excess of 12,000m² and is in the shape of a ‘dog leg’ because of adjacent railway lines.

The depot will include a three storey external office block and a 4,500m² chilled area that will help 3663 improve its delivery of fresh products across the UK.

A number of environmental features have been included at the site, including all electricity generated from renewable sources. Solar panels will provide energy and a solar thermal energy system will generate hot water on the site. A rainwater harvesting system will also be used for the washing of vehicles.

It is estimated the facility will cost approximately £13M and is due to open later this year.

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