Leading foodservice provider Bidvest 3663 is set to open a new head office and depot in the Thames Valley.
The 117,400sq ft site, on a Slough trading estate, will be purpose built for Bidvest 3663, which has signed a multi-million pound, 20-year lease contract with development company, SEGRO. The wholesaler will fit out the premises once completed.
The head office space will occupy 22,000sq ft across three floors and include a customer presentation suite developed under the direction of the company’s food development team, marketing, commercial, quality control, finance and IT teams. Customer services and telesales personnel will also be housed on site.
The state-of-the-art temperature-controlled warehouse and distribution facility will be environmentally friendly and utilise low-voltage LED lighting, light and warehouse door sensors and solar panels to supply electricity to the site.
The development is due for completion in spring 2016.
Andrew Selley, chief executive of Bidvest 3663 said: “The move to Slough will enable us to operate from a high quality and modern facility which will alleviate pressure on existing depots in London and the South, well positioned near the M25, M40 and M4 motorways. The location and efficiencies that the new depot will bring will enable us to serve our customers with a fast, efficient service, as well as provide new employment opportunities for the local community.”
The new headquarters is stage three of an outlined multi-million pound growth plan for Bidvest 3663. The first phase of the company’s investment roll-out began in 2012 with extended service coverage following the acquisition of Scotland’s Forteith Foodservice in July 2012 and South Lincs Foodservice in October 2012. During the same period, Bidvest 3663 also increased freezer capacity across its network by upgrading a number of existing depot facilities.
Phase two of the company’s plans involved the addition of four new facilities (Wakefield, Chepstow, Hoddesdon and Bicester) and the implementation of technology to improve efficiency such as integrated warehouse voice picking systems. The new depots are also more environmentally friendly, with motion-sensor lighting, vehicle telematics, fast-close warehouse doors and solar panels on the roof at Chepstow, which supplies electricity for the depot.