Rhenus breaks ground at new Port Salford facility

Rhenus breaks ground at new Port Salford facility Freight logistics giant Rhenus Logistics has confirmed the beginning of construction work on its new headquarters and warehouse facility at Port Salford, Manchester. Expected to be fully operational by the end of Q4 2017, the development will create up to ten new jobs.

With 13 sites located across the UK, Rhenus has enjoyed strong and sustainable growth, with the past year seeing a 10% increase in volumes. As a result of this, Rhenus is opting to relocate its headquarters from Trafford Park to Port Salford, which will see a 60,700 sq ft site built. The impressive facility will include 50,000 sq ft of logistics and warehousing space, 10,000 sq ft of offices, along with parking for 16 trailers.

David Williams, managing director at Rhenus UK, said: “We have been planning the expansion to Port Salford for around two years and I’m thrilled to confirm the opening of this significant new facility. The site is strategically located at the UK’s first tri-modal inland port facility which gives our customers access to some of the fastest and most efficient routes into and out of the UK.

“We’ve seen plans for the site come together quickly and construction work is moving along in line with the projected schedule. We think this investment in our facilities will not only allow Rhenus to extend its logistics solutions in the UK but help companies looking to export goods access a world-leading service from Rhenus and the surrounding development.”

Matthew Fitton, development director at Peel Logistics Property, said: “Rhenus Logistics is the second occupier to commit to Port Salford. The facility is quickly gathering momentum and establishing itself as a key national logistics hub which will ultimately be served by road, rail and water. This makes the site a unique proposition in the logistics market and gives companies across the supply chain the opportunity to move goods through alternative transportation solutions.”

Supplying complete logistics solutions in key business areas, Rhenus UK delivers a fully comprehensive service across land, air and ocean.

With 75 years of performance in services direct to overland markets and global destinations, Rhenus has a turnover in excess of £60m and employs 270 people across 13 strategically-placed locations throughout the UK and Ireland.

For more information or advice visit www.uk.rhenus.com

A57 works and lifting bridge update

Works to enable the completion of the A57 extension and improvement works will re-commence from Monday, 20 March 2017 along the A57 Liverpool Road. The works are to be completed over two phases over an eight week period.

The first phase of works start on 20th March for four weeks and will involve off peak lane closures (between 9.30am - 3.30pm) in both directions between Stadium Way and Barton Aerodrome.

The second phase of works involves the realignment of a footpath. In order to complete these works safely, three - way temporary lights with pedestrian crossing facilities will be in place on the A57 Liverpool Road at the junction Stadium Way. These traffic lights will be operational from 24th April 2017 for four weeks on a 24 hour basis.

Works to complete the connection of the new extended A57 with the existing road will take place later this year. 

Lifting bridge

 Work on the site of the new lifting bridge is progressing well.  Current activity includes work being carried out at the North East tower, where a section has been cut away.  This will then be rebuilt, along with repair work to the other three towers.  Construction of the new bridge deck will follow.    

Further updates will be posted once timescales are known.

For any queries about the roadworks on the A57 Liverpool Road, please contact salfordroadworks@urbanvision.org.uk or call 0161 604 7771.

Major UK logistics facility officially opens

  • Port Salford warehouse and distribution centre is now open
  • Unique multimodal site will be accessible by road, short sea shipping and rail
  • £138m ($204 million) investment to create 148,000 sq m warehousing and 280 jobs
  • 26,000 sq m ambient warehouse to be tenanted by food and drink logistics giant, Culina Group with global food supplier General Mills as anchor client

Port Salford is a unique development providing the benefits of port-centric distribution but located in the heart of the UK, just to the west of Manchester. The site offers water connectivity provided by the Manchester Ship Canal via Liverpool, rail transport via the Chat Moss line avoiding Manchester Piccadilly, and close proximity to three major motorways.

Culina Group has taken occupation of the first warehouse distribution unit, comprising 26,022 sq m (280,000 sq ft) of accommodation, including ancillary offices, service yard and parking. Its anchor client is General Mills UK & Ireland – responsible for a range of market-leading brands, including Old El Paso, Green Giant, Betty Crocker and Nature Valley. The site will act as a central hub for General Mills’ ambient brands arriving by short sea freight from Europe. The company expects to save 600,000 road haulage miles each year whilst providing a “future proof” solution to market trends.

Culina’s operation within the modern warehouse will offer co-packing and other value- enhancing services, including online visibility and systems integration along with a full client support and 24/7/365 customer service functions. However, it will also provide further efficiencies to outbound journeys by consolidating loads from multiple manufacturers, meaning 9 out of 10 journeys from the site are full loads.

Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports Group said: “We are delighted to formally welcome Culina Group and General Mills to Port Salford. Their presence as market leaders will act as a catalyst to attract more logistics providers and their clients to the area. Port Salford offers significant advantages to companies exporting to the UK, especially those with goods arriving at the Port of Liverpool. An integrated supply chain, close to their end destinations, will help them ship their cargo quicker and more directly to customers in the UK’s commercial heartland of the UK.”

Thomas van Mourik, Culina Group CEO, added: “We are proud to be a leading part of this venture and we are looking at the long term with this cutting edge facility. Port Salford really is taking a revolutionary approach to logistics in the UK and it is our great people that will make it a success. This is an exciting time for us.”

General Mills UK & Ireland Supply Chain Director Dave Howorth said: “We are very excited about this new distribution agreement as it reinforces our commitment as a company to finding solutions that are best for customers, consumers and the environment, and our move to Port Salford ticks all those boxes.”

280 jobs will be created at the logistics centre, which is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2016.

On completion, Port Salford will comprise over 148,699 sq m (1,600,000 sq ft) of warehousing on the site which extends to 50 hectares (150 acres). Further plans are in progress for a second phase, which will bring the total site to 101 hectares (250 acres), with 370,000 sq m (4 million sq. ft.) of development opportunities, creating one of the most significant new warehouse and logistics sites in the UK.

Port Salford is an integral part of the Atlantic Gateway project being led by Peel Ports, which involves the redevelopment of the port and canal network and surrounding land between Manchester and Liverpool. Port Salford is being developed by the Peel Ports’ sister company Peel Land and Property.

 

IMPORTANT UPDATE

On Monday, 16 May 2016, a serious incident occurred involving the deck of the new lifting bridge which forms a key part of the Port Salford A57 Road Improvement Scheme.

Our contractors Hochtief Buckingham JV were undertaking a planned lowering of the bridge deck when a major failure occurred, causing the bridge deck to fall 18 metres, leading to significant damage. No-one was injured.

The Health and Safety Executive is leading the investigation into how the incident occurred.

We will be working closely with our contractors and other agencies to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.

We will provide updates on this website as and when we have them.

 

For more information relating to marine traffic on the Manchester Ship Canal  please visit: http://peelports.com/manchester-ship-canal-statement

Towers signal new bridge is on track for completion

After a year dedicated to building the four giant towers that will eventually support the widest lifting bridge in the country, it was trainee engineer Tom Anscombe from Salford who had the honour of making the final pour of 2,200 sqm of concrete into the fourth towering structure.

The imposing 35-metre high towers, positioned next to Barton Bridge on the M60, will eventually support the deck of a lifting bridge, similar to Salford’s Centenary Bridge, which, when operational, will rise to make way for vessels as high as 20 metres passing underneath it on the region’s historic Manchester Ship Canal.

Tom, who is employed by Hochtief Buckingham (Joint Venture) as a trainee engineer said: “The scale of the tower build has been phenomenal - as they have gradually climbed higher they’ve become quite a talking point. Despite the fact the towers are hollow, we poured vast amounts of concrete from the hopper suspended from the crane to form the tower structures, which each contain 80 tonnes of reinforcing steel to support the 500 tonne structure. The towers are anchored by 108 piles that have been drilled 30 metres deep into the ground. It’s great to be able to play a part in making this important local project happen. ”

The completion of the towers is a significant landmark in the progress of the £50 million A57 improvement works that will connect the A57 from the AJ Bell Stadium junction at Peel Green then across the Manchester Ship Canal to link to Trafford Boulevard and the M60 via Trafford City.

As part of this major highway project, undertaken by Peel Land and Property, roundabouts at junction 10 and 11 of the M60 have been made larger as well as the Bridgewater roundabout at the entrance to intu Trafford Centre.

James Whittaker, Development Director at Peel Land and Property Group, which has made a £31 million contribution to the improvement scheme, said: “Independent highway studies show that this stretch of motorway is one of the busiest in the country and we’re committed to providing an additional route into Trafford City for those travelling from the A57.  Already the extension of the roundabouts at junction 10 and 11 as well as the Bridgewater roundabout is helping with traffic flow and the completion of the towers means we are aiming for the bridge’s construction to be complete this summer.”

City Mayor Ian Stewart said: “This new road is a route to jobs and investment. It’s a key part of our plans to unlock major development opportunities on land around the AJ Bell Stadium by providing easier access to that land and better traffic flows. I’m delighted to see the progress of the bridge, which will also be a major local landmark, and look forward to seeing it in action.”