Clipper Logistics

Background to specification

In 2012 Tubosider won yet another stormwater management contract with Tolent Construction, this time building Clipper Logistics’ new cross docked warehouse at Teeslink on Wynyard Park, Stockton on Tees.

Tolent, who serve all the construction sectors through a network of regional offices, also worked on the first phase of Wynyard Park’s development a few years ago. The latest contract is worth a total of £18.5 million.

Much of the new space was to be used for distributing clothing for George at Asda, while Clipper would operate a multi-user facility in the remainder. The development is a joint venture involving Sladen Estates, who have extensive experience of delivering large distribution and industrial developments.

Key criteria

The 14 metre tall building was specified to achieve a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating, and a 10 per cent reduction on CO2 emissions has been achieved through design.

Tolent’s site agent Andy Talbot says, “As it’s a design and build contract, we had Tubosider come up with the best solution to deliver the required capacity, which was achieved using two tanks with a pumped system into a rising main, the system taking piped run-off from the massive roof.

“We did have to fine tune the design, something Tubosider are very good at, and as it’s so simple and effective a system, everything went in almost as smoothly as usual, though our team did fail to follow the construction sequence for once.”

Solution and benefits

Clipper managing director Tony Mannix says of the new facility: “Wynyard Park offers an excellent location and we worked with Sladen Estates to ensure the building is designed to meet all of our needs.

“The unit will initially serve the needs of one of our major client’s, George at Asda, and will then be further developed to accommodate other ‘shared use’ customers, creating much needed new employment in the area.” 

Clipper and Asda invested some £15m fitting out the unit to produce a state of the art garment processing hub which includes 450,000 square feet of mezzanine floor with a semi-automated hanging garment system.