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Tesco begins work on £27 million megashed

By: David Howells
20 January 2012

Retail giant Tesco could be looking at hiring drivers in Berkshire, after beginning work on its £27 million distribution centre in Reading.

Tesco has awarded the contract to Vinci Construction, which will build a 900,000-square-feet ambient distribution centre in Whitely on the site of a former Heineken brewery.

The centre will have key transport Links to London and the West; sitting just off the M4 on Junction 11, readingchronicle.co.uk reports.

Tesco has also strived to make the building as energy-efficient as possible, achieving a BREEAM rating and contributing 34 per cent less CO2 than levels imposed in regulations set out in 2010. The building will feature a vehicle maintenance unit, washing facility, refuelling stations and a gate house, too.

The road to Reading wasn't smooth, however; with Tesco originally planning for a site in Andover before local campaigners won a ruling against the so-called "megashed". Plans were then mooted for sites in Newcastle or Scotland, before the Berkshire Brewery site was agreed upon.

Speaking to logisticsmanager.com about the development, Vinci's building division managing director for the Midlands, South West and Wales, Chris Pape, enthused: "We are absolutely delighted to continue our excellent relationship with Tesco Stores Ltd on this project.

"It is particularly pleasing to be working on a local project that, once completed, will provide in excess of 1,000 employment opportunities to the local area."

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