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Work continues apace on Midland’s inland port

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Covering 700 acres, a game-changing distribution hub (inland port) is under construction in Leicestershire.

Known as the SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway, the scheme combines links to the M1 and East Midlands Airport with a major new rail freight terminal.

Main contractor Winvic is undertaking a huge earthmoving operation to prepare the ground for the planned distribution structures. This involves a plant fleet of 65 vehicles moving approximately 105,000m³ of earth every week.

Four of the site’s planned steel-framed distribution centres are currently under construction. Severfield is fabricating, supplying and erecting three plots, while a fourth is being constructed by Caunton Engineering.

The three plots being erected by Severfield are all large portal-framed structures with their own office blocks. Plot One (pictured), being built for an online retailer requires 2,000t of structural steelwork for the main frame and a further 4,500t for the building’s two internal mezzanine levels.

Plot Two is the highest of the structures, reaching a maximum height of 35m for approximately one third of its overall length. The remainder of this building is 19m-high.

The third plot is the smallest of three Severfield distribution centres (46,451m²) and will be occupied by another online retailer.

Working on a design and build contract, Caunton Engineering has fabricated, supplied and erected 900t of hot and cold rolled steelwork for Plot 4. Measuring 244m × 69m and reaching a height of 12m, the unit will offer just over 11,000m² of floor space. This portal-framed structure will be occupied by Swiss-based transport and logistics company Kuehne + Nagel.

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