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Groundbreaking ceremony for new Ocado ‘CFC’

27 April 2011

Online food retailer Ocado Group plc (“Ocado”) celebrated the start of construction work on its second Customer Fulfilment Centre (“CFC”) today with a groundbreaking ceremony attended by Tim Steiner, Chief Executive Officer, Ocado.

The £210m hi-tech distribution facility, at IM Properties’ Birch Coppice Business Park in Dordon, North Warwickshire, is being built by construction firm Bowmer & Kirkland and is due to be completed in late 2012. With a geographical footprint of 350,000 sq ft, the CFC will boast capacity for approximately 120,000 orders per week when it first opens – increasing to 180,000 orders per week.

The new CFC will generate 2,000 jobs in the North Warwickshire and Tamworth areas and enable Ocado both to expand delivery coverage and increase order capacity in its current coverage area where it is experiencing strong customer growth.

Tim Steiner said:
“We have a first class team working on the new state of the art CFC, who will help ensure that this innovative project keeps well on track. Ocado is entering a major new phase of development and expansion, which is incredibly exciting. We look forward to seeing our second CFC take shape over the coming months and being part of the local community.”

Ocado’s groundbreaking ceremony was also attended by Robert Kirkland, Group Director, Bowmer & Kirkland; Kevin Ashfield, Development Manager at Birch Coppice owner IM Properties; and Dordon Councillor Peter Morson.

Councillor Peter Morson said:
“Ocado is a major online food retailer and its arrival in the area will provide a vital boost to the local community and economy. It joins a number of major companies already on the Birch Coppice site, a site which continues to develop. Birch Coppice will offer a lot of great opportunities for local people and local business in the months and years ahead.”

Robert Kirkland, Director, Bowmer & Kirkland said:
“We are really looking forward to the build ahead. Ocado’s Customer Fulfilment Centre is one of the largest and most high-profile distribution centres currently being built in the UK; it represents a unique opportunity to further enhance our reputation and expertise in the distribution field. Our dedicated team will work hard to deliver everything Ocado needs.”

The construction of Ocado’s second CFC will involve 38 weeks of bespoke and complex build time, as well as hundreds of contractors, engineers and specialist companies. The construction of the building is expected to be complete by the end of 2011, at which point work will already have commenced on installing the facility’s extensive, multi-level conveyor-belt networks and sophisticated IT systems.

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