Royal Mail's new 262,500 sq ft (24,386 sq m) national distribution hub building at DIRFT Logistics Park, alongside Junction 18 of the M1 and the West Coast Rail Line, has been delivered on time and on budget by the developers DIRFT Ltd, a subsidiary of Severn Trent Property.
Paul Ludlow, managing director of Severn Trent Property, described the 27- week construction operation as a major feat.
"The successful operation is largely due to the close relationship between the professional team and the building contractor together with the very clear and professional brief assembled by the client. The completion of the Royal Mail hub is another significant milestone in the on-going development of DIRFT Logistics Park," he added.
The distribution hub, which began the first stages of a phased opening on September 1, occupies a 29-acre site and has 110 loading bays.
The completion of the hub brings the total so far developed on the 364 -acre park to about 2.5 million sq ft (232,250 sq m ). An outline planning application to expand the park by 133 acres, which Daventry District Council is minded to approve, has now, because it is a departure from the adopted Local Plan, been referred to the regional Government Office which will decide whether to hold a public inquiry or whether the local authority can proceed to grant planning permission.