East Midlands Distribution Centre

East Midlands Distribution Centre


East Midlands Distribution Centre is a 250 acre multi-modal industrial and logistics facility close to M1 Junction 24 and East Midlands Airport.

BWB was commissioned to undertake the civil and structural engineering for several B2/B8 buildings including their associated infrastructure. The most significant was the Marks & Spencer building - a one million square foot BREEAM Excellent, carbon neutral distribution centre. The building was 25m to haunch, 28m to parapet and over 1,00,000 sq ft which included office and ancillary accommodation totalling 80,000 sq ft.

BWB worked closely with the client, design team, contractor and supply chain to ensure that the project was fast tracked for delivery within 12 months.

Key Challenges

The presence of an old river bed cutting through the site led to an extensive group improvement scheme. The river bed covered an area of 22,000m2. This was excavated to remove the soft alluvial clay. 76,000m3 was removed in total, this was then re-engineered back in 300mm layers to achieve a ground bearing pressure of 150KN/m2. The total earthworks package included a cut of 67,000m3 and fill of 75,000m3


Simon Hilditch

Simon Hilditch
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