A multi-million pound deal has landed express delivery giant TNT a major new storage site.
The six-year contract with Atkins - with an option for a further four years - allows TNT Archive Services to move into a 70,000 sq ft, £7 million, premises at West Thurrock, Essex. The space is earmarked to cater for projected business growth.
TNT already has a 100,000 sq ft archive site at Swadlincote in south Derbyshire.
That high security opera-tion stores Ministry of Defence files dating back 100 years from Royal Navy ships and a range of other documents, including records from hospitals including Wals-grave in Coventry.
Phil Greenwood, business development manager for TNT Archive Services, said: "This new contract is in keeping with the tremendous progress Archive Services has achieved in the past three years.
"Since we purchased ADS in 2003, the business has expanded rapidly and to now be able to number a world renowned brand like Atkins in our customer portfolio is testimony to our expertise and growing reputation.
"The organic growth the division has made has been very pleasing and we're looking to build on our successes with more contract wins in the coming months."
Providing capacity for up to 700,000 storage boxes, the facility will be storing tens of thousands of policy files and associated documents for Atkins, along with documents for new and existing customers. It will almost double the company's archive capacity.
The latest centre is expected to create up to 20 new jobs.
With 14, 000 employees, Atkins, with a headquarters at Epsom, Surrey, and offices at Holliday Street, Birmingham, is one of the world's largest engineering consultancies handling capital projects in both the public and private sectors.
TNT runs its national distribution hub at Atherstone, Warwickshire.