Another contract for Tolent, by George…

Tubosider has won a further stormwater management contract with Tolent Construction, this time building Clipper Logistics’ new 343,000 sq ft cross docked warehouse at Teeslink on Wynyard Park, Stockton on Tees.

The site is due to open in September 2012. Much of the space will be used to distributing clothing for George at Asda and Clipper will operate a multi-user facility in the remaining space.

It is estimated that between 400 and 500 people will be employed on the site once it becomes fully operational, with many other jobs created during construction.

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, says site agent Andy Talbot:

“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.”

The development is a joint venture between British Airways Pension Trustees and Sladen Estates who have extensive experience of working in partnership to deliver large distribution and industrial developments.

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

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

Clipper managing director Tony Mannix said: “Wynyard Park offers an excellent location for the new facility and we have been working with Sladen Estates over the last 6 months 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.”