Adidas UK Distribution Centre, Trafford Park, Manchester


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Our client, St. Modwen received an invitation from Adidas to compete for a new UK Distribution Centre to be located on their Trafford Park site in Manchester.   A brownfield industrial site complete with outdated existing industrial buildings requiring demolition and a major Victorian public sewer.

The development requirement was for a 400,000 sqft distribution building and   20,000 sqft of prestige headquarters offices incorporating a restaurant and wellness centre.  The distribution area generally required 14m of clear height space and mezzanines and 175,000 sqft of 21m high ‘black-box’ storage complete with a fully automated, computerised  picking system.

External requirements included a security gatehouse, controlled access, 17 dock levellers, two level access loading doors, 60 lorry parking spaces plus car parking for 246 cars.

Our winning solution was for a building design that not only met the functional requirements of the brief but which captured the imagination and conveyed the aspirations of the brand image.  Our solution, which utilised dramatic curved roofs and angled cladding panels was subsequently described by CABE as ‘one of the best buildings of its type that they had ever reviewed’.

The 33 week design and build contract was exceptionally fast track, starting immediately Planning Approval was granted. This required the design team to turn around the construction information in a very short period.

Testimonials: “From the start we were impressed by the design of the building as it satisfied our concerns for the environment, the well being of our staff and stood out as no ordinary warehouse.” Tim Adams, Project Director, Global Warehousing, Adidas “Our programme from start on site to practical completion was a total of 34 weeks which for a building of its size and complexity is no mean feat. The programme was only achievable by St Modwen’s ability to act swiftly and decisively in a pre-let situation and is testimony to the ability and determination of our professional team and contractors.” Paul Batho, Senior Development Manager, St Modwen

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