A new distribution centre is set to create up to 300 jobs, after British builders’ merchant Travis Perkins announced plans to open a new facility in Coventry.
The planned new hub will serve branches in the West Midlands and some orders direct to trade customers and is set to employ up to 300 staff during a 24-hour operation. The plans also include new offices for the firm.
Travis Perkins – which has a second Coventry base – currently operates 1,900 outlets and has more than 24,000 employees across the UK and Ireland. The firm has been supplying the building and construction trades for more than 200 years.
Whitley Business Park was formally owned by Jaguar Land Rover and Coventry City Council until regeneration specialist St Modwen acquired 93-acres in March 2007.
A senior development surveyor at St Modwen, Mark Watkins, said: “The application for a storage and distribution centre is a key part of St Modwen’s plans to bring employment opportunities to Whitley Business Park.
“St Modwen is working to create a mixed-use environment at the business park, including research and development businesses, and light industrial, commercial, storage and distribution as well as supporting ancillary services such as leisure, nursery and local retail.”
David Penn, the managing director of Shortland Penn + Moore, a commercial property surveyor, added:
“Whitley Business Park has attracted strong interest over the years but now we have a genuine commitment to invest and create hundreds of jobs here.”