Magnavale has secured both planning and funding to construct a single, fully automated cold store with a capacity of 96,000 pallet spaces.
Being built as an entirely new store, rather than joined onto an existing facility, the store will be the largest ever built in the UK.
Given the power requirements of a facility of this size, attention has been paid to the supply of energy for the site. Magnavale says its new cold store, based in Easton, Lincolnshire, will not only be Europe’s most efficient cold storage facility but also run entirely on renewable energy.
Construction of the project will create 230 jobs over two years and 300 jobs will be created on a permanent basis to operate the facility going forward.
Magnavale’s Chief Operating Officer Amanda Cogan said: “The new store in Easton will play a key role in the future of our business and the cold storage sector more generally. Whether it is in terms of operational efficiency or carbon efficiency, our new facility will set the standard for the next generation of cold stores.
“The food industry and the UK more generally demand more from us as a key link in the supply chain, and we intend to live up to our mission statement of offering retailers and manufacturers alike the opportunity to shorten, simplify and de-risk their supply chains while also delivering a significant saving in their carbon footprint.”