Contractor Winvic appointed to construct Range warehouse at Gateway 14

21 Dec 2022

Gateway14 Ltd, advised by its development partner, Jaynic, has appointed Winvic Construction Ltd to build a warehouse approaching 1.2m sq ft for garden and leisure products retailer, The Range, at the Gateway 14 development adjacent to Junction 50 of the A14 at Stowmarket, Suffolk.

Construction of the project, which is expected to create 1,650 jobs in the region, will start in January 2023 and is due to be completed in November 2023. Gateway 14 Ltd, that is wholly owned by Mid Suffolk District Council, has exchanged contracts with The Range to develop the distribution unit on a freehold turnkey basis, that will be led by Jaynic.

Jason Newman, Construction Director of Jaynic, said: “We are pleased to have Northampton-based Winvic on board as contractor for the Range warehouse. The company has a strong reputation for building warehouses of this magnitude and we look forward to working with them.”

Danny Nelson, Director of Industrial, Distribution & Logistics at Winvic, said: “It’s fantastic to be working with new client Jaynic on this impressive facility. We’re delighted we were selected due our knowledge and expertise of delivering similar schemes with sustainability at their heart. Jaynic has put its faith in our team and in return we will be aiming to exceed expectations every step of the way.”

Sir Christopher Haworth, chair of Gateway 14 Ltd, said: “This is very good news for the region with the economic benefits it will bring as well as the employment it will generate in the area in the coming years.”

The landmark development, that was granted reserved matters consent in October, will provide a high specification building with sustainability a central feature including EV charging, LED lighting, solar PV, smart energy systems and rainwater harvesting.

The development is committed to meeting BREEAM rating of Very Good standard and strive for Excellent wherever possible. This new distribution facility will be designed to achieve BREEAM excellent.

Accessibility through and around the development is a key feature with significant walking and cycling routes being integrated along with access to public transport links and local amenities.

Biodiversity on the site is also a priority, with high-quality landscaping, green corridors and nesting boxes all being introduced across the site to support not only the wildlife and ecology but also to create a vibrant, attractive, and healthy working environment for employees.

Gateway 14 already has outline planning consent for a 2.36m sq ft mixed-use innovation, business and warehousing scheme. Construction of the site infra-structure including estate roads, utilities and landscaping, is already well underway. Agents for scheme are Avison Young and Savills.